New York Times: The Robot Guerrilla Campaign to Recreate the Elgin Marbles

New York Times: The Robot Guerrilla Campaign to Recreate the Elgin Marbles. “Few cultural disputes inflame British passions more than the disposition of the Parthenon Marbles. Public debate about the statuary has raged since the early 1800s, when the sculptures and bas-reliefs, which date from 447 B.C. to 432 B.C., were stripped from the Parthenon and other Classical Greek temples on the Acropolis of Athens by agents of Thomas Bruce, a Scottish statesman and seventh earl of Elgin…. Roger Michel, executive director of the Institute of Digital Archaeology, believes the long-running dust-up can be resolved with the help of 3-D machining.”

Scanned Objects by Google Research: A Dataset of 3D-Scanned Common Household Items (Google AI Blog)

Google AI Blog: Scanned Objects by Google Research: A Dataset of 3D-Scanned Common Household Items. “Historically, deep learning for computer vision has relied on datasets with millions of items that were gathered by web scraping, examples of which include ImageNet, Open Images, YouTube-8M, and COCO. However, the process of creating these datasets can be labor-intensive, and can still exhibit labeling errors that can distort the perception of progress. Furthermore, this strategy does not readily generalize to arbitrary three-dimensional shapes or real-world robotic data.”

NewScientist: Journey through the huge archive keeping the nation’s newspapers safe

NewScientist: Journey through the huge archive keeping the nation’s newspapers safe. “The British Library’s National Newspaper Building in Boston Spa holds millions of pages from newspapers spanning centuries. New Scientist got a rare chance to go inside the void to see the robot cranes in action and find out about the measures in place to protect the history within.” Just-over-three-minute video. Captions are auto-generated but good.

CNET: Meet Nikola, the Android Head Learning to Express Emotion

CNET: Meet Nikola, the Android Head Learning to Express Emotion. “Emotional expression has long been one of the things that separates man from machine, but a new android head named Nikola aims to change that. Nikola is part of the Guardian Robot Project, which aims to ‘incorporate psychology, brain science, cognitive science and AI research toward a future society where humans, AI and robots can flexibly coexist.’ The research is backed by RIKEN, a Japanese-government funded research institute.”

Business Insider: A robot dog issuing COVID-19 safety instructions is roaming the streets of locked down Shanghai

Business Insider: A robot dog issuing COVID-19 safety instructions is roaming the streets of locked down Shanghai. “A robot dog is being used to bark COVID-19 safety measures in Shanghai, China. With a loudspeaker strapped to its back, the robodog tells residents in the city’s Jiading district to ‘wear a mask, wash hands frequently, and check your temperature,’ amid COVID-19 restrictions, The Times report.”

Ars Technica: Robotic dog will be on patrol in Pompeii

Ars Technica: Robotic dog will be on patrol in Pompeii. “The nearby volcano blackened the sky and swallowed the city in clouds of ash; centuries later, robot dogs now prowl the ruins, guarding the city’s dead against the ravages of time. That’s not a movie plot. It’s what’s actually happening at the 2,000-year-old Roman ruins of Pompeii, in Southern Italy. Boston Dynamics’ robot dog, Spot, will help archaeologists and preservation crews by patrolling the 66-hectare site for signs of erosion, damage, and looting.”

The Next Web: How robots and remote-editing helped photograph the 2022 Winter Olympics

The Next Web: How robots and remote-editing helped photograph the 2022 Winter Olympics. “The Games took place in a ‘closed-loop’ environment comprised of gated ‘bubble areas’ that contained housing, event locations, and transport links. There were also no tickets sold to the general public, while many media professionals worked from home due to COVID concerns. The conditions left Getty Images, the official photo agency for the International Olympic Committee, with reduced support teams on the ground. To tackle the challenges, the team tapped into robotic cameras and remote editing.”

The Gazette: A Colorado ‘fusioneer’ invented a painting robot and an inspiring way of life

The Gazette: A Colorado ‘fusioneer’ invented a painting robot and an inspiring way of life. “Don’t bother trying to understand it all. Just take it in. The stacks of notebooks with pages of scribbles and detailed takeaways from years of art classes and museum visits. The piles of outlines that, to the untrained eye, look like complicated blueprints drawn by an architect. The many, many books, ranging from a Michelangelo biography to one titled ‘Self-Organization of Biological Systems.’ The flow charts on whiteboards. The endless lines of code on a computer. The machine shop in the back and the paintings neatly hanging on the wall. And the robot holding a paintbrush.”

The Verge: Alphabet is putting its prototype robots to work cleaning up around Google’s offices

The Verge: Alphabet is putting its prototype robots to work cleaning up around Google’s offices. “What does Google’s parent company Alphabet want with robots? Well, it would like them to clean up around the office, for a start. The company announced today that its Everyday Robots Project — a team within its experimental X labs dedicated to creating ‘a general-purpose learning robot’ — has moved some of its prototype machines out of the lab and into Google’s Bay Area campuses to carry out some light custodial tasks.”

The Guardian: Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show

The Guardian: Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show. “Ai-Da is due to open and present her work at the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, the first time contemporary art has been allowed next to the pyramid in thousands of years. But because of ‘security issues’ that may include concerns that she is part of a wider espionage plot, both Ai-Da and her sculpture were held in Egyptian customs for 10 days before being released on Wednesday, sparking a diplomatic fracas.”

Lesson from a robot swarm: Change group behavior by talking one-on-one rather than getting on a soapbox (The Conversation)

The Conversation: Lesson from a robot swarm: Change group behavior by talking one-on-one rather than getting on a soapbox. “Our robot swarm study looked at how opinions spread in large populations. We found that a population of uninformed individuals can cling to outdated beliefs and fail to adopt better available alternatives when information about the new options spreads to everyone all at once. Instead, when individuals only share the information one by one, the population can better adapt to changes and reach an agreement in favor of the best option.”

BBC: Nine Afghan girl robotics team members safe in Qatar

BBC: Nine Afghan girl robotics team members safe in Qatar. “After scrambling for days to bring them to safety, nine members of an Afghan all-girls robotics team have arrived in Qatar, the team’s parent organisation has confirmed.Their flight out of Afghanistan was organised by the Qatar government, which expedited visas and sent an aircraft.The team first made headlines in 2017 after winning a special award at an international robotics competition in the US.”

Analysis: Tesla’s humanoid robot might be Elon’s dumbest idea yet (The Next Web)

The Next Web: Analysis: Tesla’s humanoid robot might be Elon’s dumbest idea yet. “Everybody wants this to be real. Me, you, the entire writing staff of the Simpsons (wait for it, I’m sure it’s coming), even Tesla’s competitors. We all want Rosie the Robot to be real. But here’s the truth laid bare: this is a hustle. The Tesla Robot is Elon Musk at his PT Barnum-esque best. He’s promising everything you want and daring you to dream along side him while he picks your pocket.”