Robot Uses Artificial Intelligence to Water Plants

Here’s a robot that can water your plants and not your furniture.  By using creativity, the students programmed their robots to perform tasks using artificial intelligence (AI).  So, the robot can tell what is a plant and what is not.  The robot can also find its way around the house to get to the plants.  In addition to the plant-tending robot, the students in this university class developed other robots that could demonstrate AI.  Check the story below for more details on the other projects developed in the class.

Watering Robot

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Go ahead and call your neighbors. They won’t need to water your plants anymore. That’s because at say, 5 p.m., a robot built by a duo of Western Kentucky University students will know it’s time to hydrate the hydrangeas and will independently …

Like a scene from “The Jetsons,” the robot rolled forward, made a 90-degree turn and located the garbage can “plant” with the sensors just above its wheels and belly area. 

“Watering plants,” the robot said in a mechanical voice, as a stream of water began flowing into the small black can. 

As the device continued cornering turns and watering the rest of the imaginary domain’s daisies, Cox said the team also programmed the robot to ensure it waters only plants using a sonar sound reflective system similar to what is used by submarines to identify items in its path.

Creating artificial intelligence – Bowling Green Daily News
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Thu, 10 Dec 2009 17:27:00 GMT

Weekly Newswrap

For this week, there are four stories for the Newswrap.  Today brings an article on space robots that have largely supplanted humans in extraterrestrial exploration.  The excerpt below refers to the robotic candidate for repairing the Hubble Telescope.  Next, the robot grappling hook that could allow machines to swing tree to tree or at least jump a tall obstacle in its way.  The other posts refer to a talking robotic car and artificial intelligence.   Memristors are an electronic innovation that could revolutionize robotics.  Read more on these articles at the links below.

Robots With the Right Stuff

The leading candidate was Dextre, a robot currently working on the international space station. In a head-to-head analysis of abilities, a special committee
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Robots With the Right Stuff
Washington Post – United States
Sun, 19 Jul 2009 04:36:58 GMT

Blog – Robot to Get Spiderman Skills (Technology Review)

A new grappling hook could let robots swing from tree to tree.

Blog – Robot to Get Spiderman Skills (Technology Review)
Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:11:13 GMT

Coming soon: Talking cars that will avoid crashes! – Economic Times

NEW YORK: Talking cars aren't science fiction anymore – thanks to scientists who have developed a set of algorithms that will allow robotic cars of the future to communicate with each other to help avoid collisions. An international team, led by …

Coming soon: Talking cars that will avoid crashes! – Economic Times
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 05:50:00 GMT

From Slime to AI: The Story of Memristance

A NewScientist article summarizes the memristor revolution so far and predicts great things for AI as a result. To summarize their summary. Leon Chua mathematically predicted the existence of a fourth basic circuit component in addition to the resistor, capacitor, and inductor. He named this mythical component a memristor. It was similar to a resistor but "remembered" current. Memristors appeared not to exist, so Chua moved on to other research. 30 years later, HP Researchers stumbled onto a real memristor while trying to make low-power switches (Missing Memristor Found PDF format). The race was on. Memristance could revolutionize electronics. But here the story takes a detour in the world of intelligence. Physicist Max Di Ventra was studying P. polycephalum, a slime mould that puzzled researchers because it acted intelligently and learned without the benefit of neurons. He realized the slime mould acted as a memristor, confirming a suspicion Chua had that memristance could explain how organisms learn. It turns out memristors behave like neural synapses. Researchers are now working on hybrid transistor-memristor chips that will be able to reproduce some of the brain's processes. For more, try the HP Memristor FAQ.

From Slime to AI: The Story of Memristance
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 21:31:05 GMT

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