Researchers at Texas A&M University, in conjunction with with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), are creating “mobile robots for military applications”. The robots can determine “whether wheels or legs are more suitable to travel across terrains”.
“Facebook’s new multilingual AI model directly translates between 100 languages without relying on English data. Translation models typically route through English as a middle point because of the language’s abundant digital footprint.”
https://www.morningbrew.com/emerging-tech/2020/10/21 and https://ai.facebook.com/blog/introducing-many-to-many-multilingual-machine-translation/
“The U.S. Army is working on remote communication between handlers and their dogs.” The googles serve as visual indicators and will be used to provide “commands and cues” to the dogs.
Smart fabric is an emerging trend in the marketplace. Google’s Jacquard tech is now featured in a Samsonite backpack.
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The pandemic has changed how employees access and approach Human Resources. Companies are turning to AI and machine-learning to interact with employees and offer support, but HR tech might have unforeseen consequences.
Augmedics xvision™, “the first Augmented Reality Guidance system for surgery”, offers surgeons 3D visualizations during surgery “as if they had ‘x-ray vision'”. The system was successfully used in June 2020 in a spinal surgery procedure. https://orthospinenews.com/2020/06/11/first-augmented-reality-spine-surgery-using-fda-cleared-augmedics-xvision-spine-system-completed-in-u-s/
Pliant Energy System’s autonomous robot, resembling a manta ray, “could be used as a less invasive ocean mining tool”. https://interestingengineering.com/new-autonomous-sustainable-robots-could-mine-the-deep-sea
The hassles of squeezing your car into a parking garage may become a thing of the past. Ford, Bosch, and Bedrock plan to bring their demonstration of automated valet parking to Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a33808473/ford-bosch-automated-parking-pilot/