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Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles – TechCrunch

Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles – TechCrunch For over 50 years, Disneyland and its sister parks have been a showcase for increasingly technically proficient versions of its “animatronic” characters. First pneumatic and hydraulic and more recently fully electronic — these figures create a feeling of life and …

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Nvidia prices its Jeston Xavier AI platform developer kit at $1,299 – TechCrunch

Nvidia prices its Jeston Xavier AI platform developer kit at $1,299 – TechCrunch Today at Computex in Taipei, Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang announced the availability of a drastically upgraded version of Issac. Nvidia calls the next-gen robotics system the next step in autonomous machines as it reportedly brings …

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The UK and USA need to extend their “special relationship” to technology development – TechCrunch

The UK and USA need to extend their “special relationship” to technology development – TechCrunch The UK and the USA have always had an enduring bond, with diplomatic, cultural and economic ties that have remained firm for centuries. We live in an era of profound change, and are living with technologies set …

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Virtual Instagram celebrity “Lil Miquela” has had her account hacked – TechCrunch

Virtual Instagram celebrity “Lil Miquela” has had her account hacked – TechCrunch The Instagram account for the virtual celebrity known as Lil Miquela has been hacked. The multi-racial fashionista and advocate for multiculturalism, whose account is followed by nearly 1 million people, has had “her” account taken over by another …

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Nvidia debuts new Drive Constellation simulated self-driving test system – TechCrunch

Nvidia has taken the AutoSIM virtual environment for testing autonomous cars it originally showed off at CES, combined it with its Drive Pegasus AI in-car computer and created a virtual testing and validation loop that can handle billions of virtual driving miles in hyperrealistic environments, with the ability to model …

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Udacity introduces real robots and virtual worlds to help students build skills – TechCrunch

Udacity is hosting its annual Intersect conference this week, and the online learning platform is introducing some new programs and features for students at the event. Those include two new ways for students to practice and hone their practical skills – in both real and virtual worlds. For robotics education, …

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A Hippocratic Oath for artificial intelligence practitioners – TechCrunch

Oren Etzioni is CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and has been a professor at the University of Washington’s Computer Science department since 1991. He has also founded or co-founded several companies, including Farecast (sold to Microsoft in 2008) and Decide (sold to eBay in 2013), and is …

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Meet the cannibalistic ‘cyberslug’ that just might make robots self-aware

In a study researchers have shown that a simulated sea slug, which they’ve taken to calling “Cyberslug,” can respond to environmental stimuli a lot like its real world counterparts. The virtual model may someday help make robots self-aware. The post Meet the cannibalistic ‘cyberslug’ that just might make robots self-aware …

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Disney has begun populating its parks with autonomous, personality-driven robots

The process of making a Disney park feel alive is most easily encapsulated in animatronic figures. These hydraulic, pneumatic and now electric figures have been a fixture at Disneyland since the 60s. Since then, massive advancements have been made in control systems, movement architecture and programming. The most advanced animatronic …

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