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NPR

'Robot Lawyer' Makes The Case Against Parking Tickets
NPR
"I was bummed! I mean, obviously no one's really happy when they get a ticket but I went home, I put it on my fridge and I let it sit there cause I just didn't want to deal with it," he says. So he found something that would — DoNotPay, a free online ...

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Makers of the First "Electronic Person" Predicted Our Current Robot Debate
Inverse
Last week, a proposal to the European Parliament made international headlines by suggesting that Europe should recognize some robots and advanced artificial intelligence as electronic persons” with a special set of legal restrictions, and even some ...



Gizmodo

Marvel at This Bagpipe-Playing Robot, and Then Cringe at the ...
Gizmodo
At no point in the history of humanity did anyone ever ask for a bagpipe-playing robot that would never get tired. But this is exactly what Instructables' XenonJohn ...
Ardu McDuino: Bagpipe Playing Robot - TechnabobTechnabob (blog)

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WYFF Greenville

Hospitality robot being tested at hotel in Japan
WYFF Greenville
"Hospi" is a hospitality robot being tested at the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita. It moves around the lobby with a smile on its screen, informing guests about bus schedules and handing out water bottles. Next week, "Hospi" will be moved to work on collecting ...
This robot could be your waiter the next time you go out to dinnerBlastr
Robot butler HOSPI serves drinks and assists hotel guestsInquirer.net
Panasonic robots take temp jobs at airport and hotelNew Atlas
Access Ai -Hospitality Net
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National Review

EU, Robot
National Review
The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of “electronic personhood” to ensure rights and responsibilities for the most capable AI. In a ...
Europe calls for mandatory 'kill switches' on robotsCNNMoney
MEPs vote on robots' legal status - and if a kill switch is requiredBBC News
Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposalRT
Computerworld -European Parliament
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New Atlas

Brain-controlled robot lets physically challenged see the world
New Atlas
While studies on mind-controlled telepresence robots have been conducted in the past, what makes the Teleport intriguing is its simplicity. Forget brain surgery, complicated training programs or insurance legalese. All users need is the MindWave, ...



Digital Trends

Panasonic's autonomous robot may have your job someday
Digital Trends
Japan has long been known for leading the way when it comes to some of the coolest tech, so it makes sense that HOSPI(R), the autonomous delivery robot, is now running through live tests in that country. HOSPI(R) is at this very moment scooting around ...
Panasonic's hospitality robot is serving drinks and clearing tables in ...Recode
Panasonic's delivery robot will sling drinks and clear tables - EngadgetEngadget

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Featured article

NASA's Curiosity, an autonomous vehicle sent to Mars.
NASA's Curiosity, an autonomous vehicle sent to Mars.
An Autonomous robot refers to one in which it is able to make complex decisions without human input. The level of autonomy a robot has will be dependent upon the sensors, mechanics, and software complexity in the device.

Robotic autonomy can range in large degrees. The more autonomous a robot is - generally means the software running the robot must increase in complexity. Engineers have spent decades trying to improve levels of robotic autonomy in hopes that one day robots might be able to interact and perform tasks similar to humans, however fully autonomous systems have failed time and time again when used outside of a controlled environment.

Software is responsible to how and why a robot will react to its environment - and thus, advances in autonomy will most likely come at the software level.

A fully autonomous robot has the ability to
1. Gain information about the environment (Rule #1)
2. Work for an extended period without human intervention (Rule #2)
3. Move either all or part of itself throughout its operating environment without human assistance (Rule #3)
4. Avoid situations that are harmful to people, property, or itself unless those are part of its design specifications (Rule #4)


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AIBO
The AIBO (Artificial intelligence roBOt, homonymous with "pal" or "partner" in Japanese: aibō (相棒)) was one of several types of robotic pets designed and manufactured by Sony.

There have been several different models since their introduction on May 11, 1999 although AIBO was discontinued in 2006.

AIBO is able to walk, "see" its environment via camera and recognize spoken commands in Spanish and English. AIBO robotic pets are considered to be Autonomous robots since they are able to learn and mature based on external stimuli from their owner, their environment and from other AIBOs. Artist Hajime Sorayama created the initial designs for the AIBO.

The original designs are part of the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution. The design won Sony and its designer Sorayama the highest design award that may be conferred by Japan. On January 26, 2006 Sony announced that it would discontinue AIBO and several other products as of March, 2006 in Sony's effort to make the company more profitable. It also stopped development of the QRIO robot. AIBO will still be supported until 2013 (ERS7 model) and AIBO technology will continue to be developed for use in other consumer products.

AIBOware (a trademark of Sony corporation) is the title given to the software the AIBO runs on its pink Memory Stick. The Life AIBOware allows the robot to be raised from pup to fully grown adult while going through various stages of development as its owner interacts with it. The Explorer AIBOware allows the owner to interact with a fully mature robot able to understand (though not necessarily willing to obey) 100 voice commands. Without the AIBOware, the AIBO will run in what is called "clinic mode" and can only perform basic actions.

Many AIBO owners enjoy teaching their pets new behaviors (or Robot Apps) by reprogramming them in Sony's special 'R-CODE' language. However, in October 2001, Sony sent a cease-and-desist notice to the webmaster of Aibopet, demanding that he stop distributing code that was retrieved by bypassing the
copy protection mechanisms of the robot. Eventually, in the face of many
outraged AIBO owners, Sony released a programmer's kit for "non-commercial" use.
The kit has now been expanded into three distinct tools: R-CODE, AIBO Remote Framework, and the OPEN-R SDK. These three tools are combined under the name AIBO Software Development Environment. All of these tools are free to download and can be used for commercial or non-commercial use (Except for the OPEN-R SDK, which is specifically for non-commercial use).

Since the first release of OPEN-R, several AIBO programming tools have been developed by university labs, including URBI, Tekkotsu, Pyro and AiBO+. The Open-R and GCC based toolchain has been updated by the community to use GCC 4.1.2, Binutils 2.17 and Newlib 2.15. The packaged version of the old and updated AIBO toolchain is available for Ubuntu in a PPA.

AIBO's complete vision system uses the SIFT algorithm, to recognise its charging station. The newest versions are equipped with a Wi-Fi connection, allowing them to send the pictures they take via email which led to the Roblog.

AIBO's sounds were programmed by Japanese DJ/avant-garde composer Nobukazu Takemura, fusing mechanic and organic concepts.

The bodies of the "3x" series (Latte and Macaron, the round-headed AIBOs released in 2001) were designed by visual artist Katsura Moshino. The aibo was mass produced by Sony.