Category: Robots

Mar 10 2016

Introduction to Neural Networks

neuron diagram

Modeled after observed biology and behavior within the brain, neural networks are arguably the most popular of the biologically inspired AI methods. Neural networks excel at pattern recognition and classification tasks including facial, speech, and handwriting recognition. They also often play a central role in video game character AI.

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Feb 06 2016

iRobot to Sell its Defense and Security Business

iRobot 710 Kobra

In a press release yesterday, iRobot, maker of the impossibly cute Roomba robot vacuum cleaners, announced that they are emancipating their Robot Defense & Security (D&S) unit. The yet-to-be-named new company will continue to serve the current D&S market of defense, law enforcement, and industrial organizations. The existing D&S management team will continue to lead the …

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Jan 02 2016

Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach

Title: Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach Author: Stuart Jonathan Russell, Peter Norvig, Genre: Computers Publisher: Prentice Hall Release Date: 2010 Pages: 1132 Artificial intelligence: A Modern Approach, 3e,is ideal for one or two-semester, undergraduate or graduate-level courses in Artificial Intelligence. It is also a valuable resource for computer professionals, linguists, and cognitive scientists interested in …

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Dec 29 2015

BigDog Has Been Put Down

BigDog

At 70 robot dog years-old – that’s 10 in human years – BigDog should’ve had a few more years of happily serving his masters ahead of him. Instead, the US Marines have pulled an Old Yeller on the unsuspecting robocanine, sending him to an early grave, or junkyard as the case may be. Created in 2005, BigDog was the result …

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Dec 27 2015

Unboxing Dot, the Brains of a Robot

Dot manuals & micro USB cable

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but my daughter got a robot for Christmas, and I had absolutely nothing to do with it. As a matter of fact, I was totally unfamiliar with Dot,  the cute, roughly 3.5 inch, sensor-packed, “brains of a robot” by San Mateo-based Wonder Workshop,  Inc. Now that I’ve had some …

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Dec 24 2015

Day 24 – Santa Claus C-3PO Minifigure

Dec 22 2015

Day 22 – Reindeer R2-D2 Minifigure

Dec 20 2015

Day 20 – Imperial Probe Droid

Dec 13 2015

Day 13 – Assassin Droid Minifigure

Dec 03 2015

Day 3 – LIN-V8K Demolitionmech