Weekly Robotics Video: Atlas, Megacopter, Firefighter Drone, WEF Discussions: Human and Machine in 2030, State of AI and Robo Wars

Weekly Robotics Video: Atlas, Megacopter, Firefighter Drone, WEF Discussions: Human and Machine in 2030, State of AI and Robo Wars

Atlas cleans House

(Published on Jan 14, 2016 | IHMC)

Atlas robot at IHMC demonstrating whole-body coordinated motions. Robot is built by Boston Dynamics. Control algorithm is by IHMC. Video speed up is 20X real time.

Fireproof Aerial RObot System (FAROS)

(Published on Jan 3, 2016 | KAIST)

KAIST Researchers Developed a Firefighter Drone That Flies and Crawls Up Walls. This video demonstrates the FAROS (Fireproof Aerial RObot System) for fire disaster. The drone can climb the wall to pass through narrow and smoky area. It has a 2D-LiDAR sensor for self-localization. Its pose estimation result is visualized on V-REP simulator. The drone also has fire-proof function as shown on the video. It can endure fire over 1,000˚C. This research was supported by KIDS (KAIST Institute for Disaster Studies).


World Economic Forum 2016 (20 – 23 Jan 2016) Discussion on

  • What If: Robots Go to War?

Remarkable advances in artificial intelligence may soon have implications for the future of warfare. What if autonomous weapon systems replace both soldiers and generals?

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is going on in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Specialists from all over the world have done an in-depth discussion that explores the possible, plausible and probable impacts of artificial intelligence on defence systems. Stuart Russell, Sir Roger Carr, Alan Winfield, Angela Kane and Michael Duffy participated in this discussion.

  • The State of Artificial Intelligence:

See discussion to know how close are technologies to simulating or overtaking human intelligence and what are the implications for industry and society?

  • Life in 2013: Humankind and the Machine

The world is on the brink of a new revolution driven by the convergence of a number of new technologies, including genome editing, artificial intelligence and 3D printing. How will these technologies change the lives of the next generation?

– What are the game-changing technologies?

– What are the moral, ethical and social concerns which they raise?

– How are these technologies going to change the face of business, government and society?

– How can humans work with technology for better outcomes?

The Open Forum series, held in parallel with the official programme, offers the local Swiss community and global public an opportunity to engage and interact with experts on global issues.

Open Forum sessions take place at the Swiss Alpine High School (SAMD), which can be reached using public transport or the official shuttles. The bus stop is Postplatz.


Taming the swarm – Collective Artificial Intelligence | Radhika Nagpal | TEDxBermuda

(Published on Jan 14, 2016)

Radhika is a professor at Harvard and a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. She studies collective behavior in biological systems and how such behaviors can be applied to computing and robotics.

RI Seminar: Daniel D. Lee : Manifolds and Decision Making in Intelligent Systems

(Jan 15, 2016 | CMU)

Obstacle avoiding drones

(19 Jan 2016)

CSAIL demonstrated software that allow drones to stop on a dime to make hairpin movements over, under, and around some 26 distinct obstacles in a simulated “forest.”

Drone Megacopter – Guinness World Records

Published on Jan 19, 2016

Henning Pedersen and students of the University of Oslo (all Norway) built a giant drone which has flown into the record books after achieving the Heaviest payload lifted by a remote-controlled multicopter.

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