Reading up on Robotics

I have been reading a lot of interesting things on robotics and AI lately.

  • Boston Dynamics’ new Atlas 2 Robots video is fascinating to watch. While the capabilities of the robot to balance itself and track items is great, almost every person who I showed the video felt sorry for the robot who keeps getting shoved, kicked and its box pushed away. The empathy towards a machine is really a fascinating thing to observe.
  • If you are really interested in Atlas, give DARPA’s YouTube channel a look, specially their playlist on the Robotics challenge thats pushing Robotics just as their autonomous cars challenge did to cars in 2012.
  • I just finished the book “Machines of Loving Grace“. While the book doesn’t have any unique answers to the question of human-machine balance in the coming years, the book is full of fascinating information on the history of AI and robotics. Definitely worth a read.
  • On the other hand, I couldn’t get too far into “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era“. The few chapters that I did read were so speculative, lacking real science that I just couldn’t finish it.
  • While Google has been in the news quite a bit on its Robotics initiatives, Wired ran a really interesting article on Andy Ruben’s new AI and Robotics incubator: Playground.global, that recently closed a $300M funding round
  • With the dramatic increase in interest in Robotics and AI, IBM wants to reassure everyone with a series of TV ads that Watson will not become the next Skynet and take over the world. Here’s hoping…

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Author: Arpit Mathur

Arpit Mathur is a Principal Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on a variety of topics including Conversational Technologies, Affective Computing and Blockchains and decentralized services. Arpit has also worked extensively on Android and iOS applications, Virtual Reality apps as well as with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and Ruby on Rails. He also spent a couple of years in the User Experience team as a Creative Technologist.

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