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Tag: Artificial Intelligence

AI Frame Interpolation Boosts LEGO Stop Motion to 60 FPS

AI Frame Interpolation Boosts LEGO Stop Motion to 60 FPS
It takes a whole lot of work to create stop-motion animation. After all, the characters and scenery in each and every frame need to be precisely positioned before snapping each still image. At the traditional film rate of 24 frames per second, you need to shoot 1440 individual photos for one minute of footage.

An AI Bot Wrote an X-Men Script

An AI Bot Wrote an X-Men Script
Artificial intelligence keeps getting better and better, especially with the advent of technologies like machine learning artificial neural networks. Such tech is being used for everything from improving vehicle safety to searching for cures to diseases.
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These Digital Characters Have a Full Musculoskeletal System

These Digital Characters Have a Full Musculoskeletal System
In a quest to make virtual characters more realistic, engineers have been working on ways to make their skeletal structures and muscles more like those found in living beings. Recently, a technology was shown off which takes those simulated biological components to the next level.

AI Invents Paint Colors: Stanky Bean Anyone?

AI Invents Paint Colors: Stanky Bean Anyone?
Research scientist Janelle Shane has been working with artificial intelligence and neural network software and decided to ask it do something different – create its own paint colors. The AI went to work and came up with some odd colors with really, really weird names.

Pepper Robot Learns to Play a Child’s Game

Pepper Robot Learns to Play a Child’s Game
Japan’s popular Pepper robot can do all kinds of amazing things. Now, it can learn to play simple games like that one where you try and get that ball in the cup. This is a big step for pepper.

Cozmo Is a Tiny Pixar Style Robot: COZM-E

Cozmo Is a Tiny Pixar Style Robot: COZM-E
Cozmo is a robot with a personality straight out of Pixar movies. It comes from Anki, who are known for their intelligent remote controlled cars. It isn’t surprising that it has that whole animated movie thing going for it.

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street

Mycroft Open Source Personal Assistant: Maker Street
Like 3D printers, electronic door locks and PCs on sticks, it seeems like everyone’s making personal assistant devices these days. One of the latest electronic PAs is Mycroft, and it stands out from the rest by having open source technology.

Two Ultra Hal Chatbots Talk, Things Get Weird

Two Ultra Hal Chatbots Talk, Things Get Weird
Wow. Just wow. I just finished watching this 2011 video of two Ultra Hal chatbots by Zabaware having a conversation. It is creepy as anything. The conversation goes down all kinds of weird roads and it all devolves into a strangely adult place.

Mario Gets AI So He Can Play His Way

Mario Gets AI So He Can Play His Way
The thought of a Mario with feelings and the ability to make his own decision in game is a bit strange, but that is exactly what a team of researchers claim they have been able to do.

Cubic: An Omnipresent Personal Assistant with Personality

Cubic: An Omnipresent Personal Assistant with Personality
If Cubic Robotics sales pitch is to be believed, we’re one big step closer to having a personal assistant on the level of J.A.R.V.I.S. in Iron Man and Samantha in Her. Its presenting its Android-based Cubic personal assistant as someone you’d want to talk to, whether you want it to do something or not.

1,024 Robots Form Shapes: Art of the Swarm

1,024 Robots Form Shapes: Art of the Swarm
We’ve seen dozens of small robots create structures and light shows. Harvard University’s Self-organizing Systems Research Group recently upped the ante with a swarm made of 1,024 robots called Kilobots. According to New Scientist, which shared a video of the collective, this is the world’s largest robotic swarm.

Jibo Family Robot: Him

Jibo Family Robot: Him
Virtual personal assistants are nothing new, from Google Now to Siri and even the navigation system on our cars. A new company called Jibo set out to make its personal assistant even more useful and user-friendly by making it a physical entity.

EmoSPARK AI Console: Companion Cube IRL

EmoSPARK AI Console: Companion Cube IRL
Her was an interesting movie, to say the least. It’s difficult to understand how someone could fall in love and develop a relationship with an operating system, but we might just see more of that happening with the release of EmoSPARK.

NAO Robots Programmed to Collaborate: Next Up, Forming a Giant Super NAO Robot

NAO Robots Programmed to Collaborate: Next Up, Forming a Giant Super NAO Robot
If robots and humans are to work together, we need to destroy all copies of The Matrix, The Terminator and other media portraying robotic uprising. That’s the first thing we should do. Only after we have done that should we expand on the experiments being done in the Jouhou System Kougaku (JSK) Lab of the University of Tokyo, which involves teaching robots to work together.

Robot Teaches Itself to Walk, Just Not Very Well

Robot Teaches Itself to Walk, Just Not Very Well
I recently showed you a video in which a Gundam mech taught itself to walk using some sort of “genetic algorithm”. Around the same time, it turns out engineers have been giving real robots the tools they need to walk on their own.

iPhone 4S’s Siri Can Tell You Who Your Daddy is… and More

iPhone 4S’s Siri Can Tell You Who Your Daddy is… and More
A lot of people were disappointed when October 4 came and went without the announcement of the iPhone 5. What was unveiled instead was the iPhone 4S, that’s going to be shipping out starting today. While the device might look a lot like the iPhone 4, most similarities end there.
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