First the dog is kicked over, then pushed over, then shoved with a stick. Each time it gets back to its feet. But don't rush to call the animal welfare authorities - it's a robotic dog undergoing training at Edinburgh University. Alex Li is the Head of the Advanced Robotics Lab at the university and is among those leading the way in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to robotics. The AI that controls his dog can cope with situations it has never seen before, like slippery surfaces or stairs. And if you have ever watched internet footage of robots falling over, then you will appreciate how difficult that is to achieve. So how did Mr Li and his team train their dog, called Jue-ying, or at least the AI that controls it? Mr Li likens the process to the way young children are taught to play football. First, they will probably be taught individual skills like passing, dribbling and shooting.
A circuit is a closed path that electrons flow along to provide power to your home and electronics. A simple electric circuit contains a power source (battery), wires, and a resistor (light bulb). In a circuit, electrons flow from the battery, through the wires, and into the light bulb. When the bulb receives enough of these electrons it will light up. When constructed properly, you will be able to light your bulb with just a few simple steps.
Pepper is a semi-humanoid robot manufactured by SoftBank Robotics (formerly Aldebaran Robotics), designed with the ability to read emotions. It was introduced in a conference on 5 June 2014, and was showcased in SoftBank Mobile phone stores in Japan beginning the next day. Pepper's ability to recognize emotion is based on detection and analysis of facial expressions and voice tones. Production of Pepper was paused in June 2021, due to weak demand.