Meet Lorek, A new human-interaction robot from Brown University

Researcher from the University of Brown have created a robot who can deal with uncertainty from human requests. A person can ask the robot for an item and the robot will try to determine which item the user requested. If the robot is unsure, because there are multiple copies of the same item on the table, then the robot will ask confirmation for which specific copy the user wants.

While this seems very trivial, handling uncertainty is a big part of human interaction and a big problem for computer scientists who are trying to develop human-robot interactions.

As for our industry, these kind of advancements really start shining a light on distant possibilities for creating better, richer and more natural experiences between humans and robots.

Source: Wired

A.I. Duett – making music in a team with artificial intelligence

A new Google A.I. experiment is showing a very impressive way to use artificial intelligence and human creativity to make music together.
Several technologies are used, including some tools from the TensorFlow magenta” project, which has its focus on using machine learning to create compelling art and music.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

More information: aiexperiments.withgoogle.com

IBM releases new API for their Quantum Computing platform

IBM released today a new API for their Quantum Experience platform that enables developer to build interfaces between its existing five quantum bit (qubit) cloud-based quantum computer and classical computers, without needing a deep background in quantum physics.

They also released an upgraded simulator on the IBM Quantum Experience that can model circuits with up to 20 qubits. In the first half of 2017 IBM also plans to release a full SDK on the IBM Quantum Experience for users to build simple quantum software programs.

The power of Quantum computing is magnitudes higher that traditional processing, and as it becomes more accessible to developers we will see huge improvements in all software fields like AI, Language processing, VR and much more.

more info: IBM News room