TOP 10 robotic and artificial intelligence stories of 2021

 

back in 2018, the toyota engineering society created a robot equipped with artificial intelligence and an ability to shoot hoops that put professional basketball players to shame. named CUE, the robot can shoot with nearly 100-percent accuracy at short distances. 

 

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WATCH THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED HUMANOID ATLAS ROBOT BY BOSTON DYNAMICS IN ACTION AND FALLING

 

 

boston dynamics revealed two impressive behind-the-scenes videos, capturing their altas robot in action. they demonstrate how it maneuvers, leaps, somersaults, and backflips, as well as falls over and crushes the ground. pushing the humanoid robot to its limits, the company’s engineers developed new movements animated by human behaviors, exploring the next generation of mobility, perception, and athletic skills. through the parkour action, we see atlas robots completing the complex obstacle course almost flawlessly.

 

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BIG + THE METALS COMPANY DEVELOP UNDERWATER ROBOTS FOR NEXT-GENERATION DEEPSEA MINING

 


all images courtesy of the metals company.

 

bjarke ingels group (BIG) has partnered with the metals company, a vancouver-based seafloor polymetallic nodules exploration firm, to develop a new generation of both onshore and offshore facilities, underwater robotic vehicles, and other waterborne vessels that will help facilitate deepsea mining. the newly proposed designs will help reshape conventional battery production and push it towards a net-zero-carbon future, by extracting metals from the seafloor.

 

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WORLD’S FIRST-EVER REMOTE TATTOO NEEDLED BY ROBOT ARM VIA 5G NETWORK

 

 

in order to promote the speed, reliability and low latency of its new 5G network, t-mobile netherlands has developed ‘the impossible tattoo‘: world’s first-ever remote tattoo, drawn by a 5G-powered robot. the tattoo was needled into the skin of actress stijn fransen, by a robot arm being controlled by tattoo artist wes thomas in another location. the process was recorded and showcased in an impressive three-minute documentary-style film. 

 

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AUTOMATIC HARVESTING ROBOT SEEKS TO SOLVE JAPAN’S LABOR SHORTAGE PROBLEM

 

TOP 10 robotic and artificial intelligence stories of 2021
robot camera recognizes agricultural products | image courtesy of AGRIST

 

japanese company AGRIST is developing a farm robot that seeks to solve the problem of labor shortage in agricultural harvesting. developed in collaboration with the farmers of shintomi town, miyazaki prefecture, where agriculture is flourishing, the automatic bell pepper harvesting robot L weights 16kg and can operate continuously for four hours with one battery charge. contrary to most existing robots in the sector, which run on the ground, L moves on a wire that is installed inside the greenhouse. this eliminates the need for a rail on the ground, and allows for a simplified construction and easier overall operation.

 

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CHINESE RESEARCHERS DEVELOP A RIDERLESS AUTONOMOUS BICYCLE

 

 

a team of researchers from tsinghua university in china has developed an autonomous bike that can balance itself, swerve to avoid obstacles, detect and follow targets, and respond to voice commands. the riderless bicycle works using an electronic chip called the tianjic chip, which integrates two approaches to artificial general intelligence (AGI): computer-science-oriented and neuroscience-oriented.

 

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INTERVIEW WITH THE CREATOR OF AI-DA, THE LIFE-SIZE HUMANOID ROBOT ARTIST MAKING SELF-PORTRAITS WITHOUT A SELF

 

TOP 10 robotic and artificial intelligence stories of 2021

 

Ai-Da, the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist, can draw, paint, engage as a performance artist and participate in lively discussion. as a machine with AI capabilities, Ai-Da — named after ada lovelace, the pioneering female scientist and mathematician — is a composite persona comprising a wide range of different computer programs, robotics, silicone, and human influences. she has been devised by gallery director aidan meller, and features a realistic silicone face designed by researcher lucy seal, digital artist alex kafousssias and ​3D designer tim milward to make her appear alive with expression, enthusiasm, and even imagination. meanwhile, a robotic arm developed by university of leeds school of electronic and electrical engineering students salah al abd and ziad abass, enables her to hold a pencil. the duo implemented smart algorithms that used computer vision to analyze who Ai-Da sees, then developed a control system that produced a path for her arm to follow based on her interpretation.

 

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