“It used to be the stuff of science fiction. But now, robots are all around us. They’re working in our factories. They’re in our schools. They’re even in our hotel rooms,” Grant Imahara, robotic knowledgeable, and former MythBuster says as he introduces the Generation Robot video collection.
This five-part collection takes Grant around the globe to discover the businesses which might be bringing people and robots collectively. Part one takes him to Georgia Tech University Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) in Atlanta, the primary college to provide an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in robotics.
Robotics researchers, educators, and college students from any division can take part in IRIM’s mission to advance robotics actions on the college, which incorporates partnerships with business and authorities.
Grant speaks with Executive Director Magnus B. Egerstedt about an array of matters together with the upsides and potential downsides of robotics. For instance, ought to we be afraid of shedding our jobs to robots or doubtlessly going through an rebellion? They additionally talk about the largest obstacles within the subsequent technology of robots, and Magnus reveals what he finds most enjoyable about his work.
Among IRIM’s many achievements is the musical robotic Shimon, which may play music and makes use of AI and Deep Learning to compose distinctive items. Grant will get to see a dwell efficiency by the marimba-playing robotic, and you’ll hear its musical stylings all through the video.
Gil Weinberg, director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology, created Shimon and is an advisor to Ph.D. scholar Mason Bretan, who has labored with Shimon for seven years. Mason gave Shimon music to pay attention to and be taught from so it may ultimately improvise, first with help from people, and later independently. Researchers performed almost 5,000 songs for Shimon, from Beethoven to the Beatles to Lady Gaga to Miles Davis and greater than 2 million motifs, riffs, and licks of music. Now researchers may give Shimon the primary 4 measures of a tune, and the robotic can full compositions with no different human intervention.
Bretan says that is the primary time a robotic has used deep studying to create music. It may even play harmonies and chords. Shimon thinks like a human musician: relatively than specializing in the following observe, it may well see the larger image, that’s, the general composition.
Gil Weinberg’s lab has yielded many musical robotic creations together with a robotic prosthesis for a drummer, and a robotic third arm to be used by any drummers.
Next up, Grant is heading to Augsburg, Germany to go to a lab that is constructing robots that assist and collaborate with human employees; robots are our new co-workers.