The Hasegawa Group located at the Tokyo Institute of technology has been able to integrate artificial intelligence into a semi-humanoid robot enabling it to think, learn, and act by itself. The robot uses a self-replicating neural network to learn in much the same way as its human counterparts. It is able to extrapolate based on its past experience and knowledge combined with observation of its surrounding environment, then make educated guesses. In that sense, it learns from its mistakes, just like a child, and consistently corrects and adjusts until it can successfully perform required tasks.
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Hiroshi Ishiguro's famous robotics laboratory situated in Kyoto, Japan, is looking for an outstanding international scientific engineer that can make a major contribution to their development in teleoperated robotic systems. Demonstrated expertise with state of the art robotics projects is one of their key selection criteria. The exact definition of a 'scientific' engineer isn't immediately clear - at least to me, though they are looking for candidates with experience in hardware/software humanoid robot construction; teleoperation; computer vision, and/or spoken language processing.
The laboratory is world famous for pushing the edge with startling, sometimes almost frightening, android creations including the Geminoid series, Telenoids, and Elfoids. While other robotic researchers tend to shy away from the boundaries of the Uncanny Valley, Ishiguro's laboratory seems to have staked out the territory as their own personal hunting ground.
All things considered, it looks like a real plum job for the right candidate, the opportunity to work with the leading experts in the field and potentially gain a lot of invaluable know-how, experience, and visibility in the robot community.
When human athletes try to change their bodies, muscles, or in rare cases, gender, there is a huge uproar. The officials, mass media, and quite often, the public frequently call for more stringent testing, both for chemical substances, and sometimes DNA tests. But, little things like that couldn't begin to worry Dr. GIY.
Dr. GIY has taken on all comers in the ROBO-ONE ring, has won top medals at RoboGames in San Francisco, and has become a robotics legend worldwide. He never lets anything distract him from his primary purpose. So, when the Lotte Fit's organization announced a major dance competition, Dr. GIY instantly knew that one of his robots could do the job and win the top prize. So, that's exactly what he set out to do.
Robots can be much more than just rock'em sock'em or humanoid kung-fu robot fighters. They can also be creative, exciting, musical, and even a little crazy - or even crazy to the extreme. Take a look at Tim Laursen's extreme performance in the video below plus a recent episode of Make: Live with Laursen explaining more about his robot creations.
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Tomio Sugiura, creator of Dynamizer, Tiny Wave, and many other leading edge robots, has branched out into a more commercial enterprise by putting his robot design talents to work creating an animated female fashion mannequin named "Hina" that moves it's arms quite realistically.
PTC, a world leader in high end computer design software applications, makes their Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express 4.0 software system available for free download. Featuring real-time realistic 3D modeling, an easy to use and understand interface, simple install, and quick start project capability, the free version supports up to 60 parts. By 'parts', they mean that assemblies designed with the system can have up to 60 distinct components.
According to the version comparison chart on their website, the free version is fully featured including all the basic functionality of the professional level paid system, but doesn't support the features that enable designing sheet metal parts as flat patterns with folds or bending.
It will run on both 32 and 64 bit Windows versions, but there doesn't appear to be Mac or Linux versions. You do have to register for a free PTC account in order to register and use the software, which is totally understandable.
The price is right. Check it out.