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10 Free Robotics Courses to Jump into the Future

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Robotics are the way of the future. Here are 10 free robotics courses that are available to you so you can jump on board!

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NRI Starts to Develop Robotics Business in Australia, First in the Field of Distance Education

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TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI) (TOKYO:4307), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions, and a parent company of ASG Group Limited (Perth, Australia), today announced that NRI started to implement a trial project for developing robotics business in the field of distance education with Charters Towers School of Distance Education in Queensland, Australia.

http://www.nri.com/global/info/2018/180601_1.aspx

Queensland government delivers distance education services through seven state schools of distance education which were established to provide a schooling service for geographically isolated and other home based students with limited educational choices.
Additionally, schools of distance education provide services to enhance learning opportunities by offering a wider range of subject choices for mainstream school students (for example, due to limited number of Japanese language teachers, schools of distance education can also provide Japanese language classes for schools in such major towns as Brisbane) and providing a service for by choice home based learners and students in a range of alternative education centres.

In Australia, it is estimated that about from twenty thousand to twenty five thousand students use distance education services, and Charters Towers School of Distance Education is providing services for two thousand and two hundred students.
At present, distance education services provide PCs and tablets displaying texts, pictures and generating voice with headsets. It is hard for teachers to see students’ conditions, level of understanding and environment for study, and it is too hard for the students to talk and play with other students.

NRI will introduce a communication system with movable face-to-face communication robots which provide the teacher and the student with free angle views of the other and move. In other words, the robots are able to create a virtual classroom combining schools in remote areas and major towns, and also provide opportunities to go to their classrooms virtually for geographically isolated and/or physically handicapped students.
The new system makes it easy to provide classes for group, enabling teachers to keep tabs on student’s concentration and level of understanding from their expressions and behaviors, eventually improves the quality of education.
Students can naturally have irreplaceable and precious experiences in their childhood like making friends, chitchatting on the latest fashion and so forth in break time between classes.
To sum up, our system will bring various communication opportunities in group life.

NRI started the trial project in June, 2018, and plans to complete it in August, 2018, aiming to go live with the service in early 2019, as well as to take the future possibility of application to the field of healthcare and agriculture into consideration.

About NRI

NRI is a leading global provider of system solutions and consulting services, including management consulting, system integration, and IT management and solutions for financial, manufacturing, retail and service industries. Clients partner with NRI to expand businesses, design corporate structures and create new business strategies. NRI has over 13,000 employees in its offices globally including New York, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, and reports annual sales above US$4.4 billion.
For more information, visit https://www.nri.com/global/

About Charters Towers School of Distance Education

https://charterstowerssde.eq.edu.au/Pages/Default.aspx
The School was the first Distance Education School to open in Queensland in 1987 and still leads in the use of technology to enable communication with our students and their tutors. We use traditional means of communication like mail and telephone as well as audio-teleconferencing, video, and the Internet to cross the barriers of distance and create the bonds of a school community.
Students in the school are spread throughout the state, country and world.

About Charters Towers Regional Council

http://www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au/
Charters Towers is one of the most beautiful inland cities in Queensland located 130 km south-west of Townsville. Charters Towers became a gold rush town when gold was discovered in December 1871. During the 1880s and 1890s the town grew and prospered. It was a sign of the extent of local business activity that one of Australia’s few regional stock exchanges was established at Charters Towers in 1890. Today, Charters Towers is known for its large number of elegant and historically significant buildings most of which are located on Mosman and Gill Streets. In this area and in the surrounding streets there are over 60 buildings of historical significance. [source:http://www.greatbarrierreef.org/destinations/charters-towers/]In the 2016 Census, there were 11,876 people in Charters Towers (R) (Local Government Areas). Of these 49.5% were male and 50.5% were female. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people made up 8.7% of the population.
[source:http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/LGA32310]

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The mastermind behind the first wave of surgical robots unveils the next generation

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Frederic H. Moll trained to become a surgeon, but never completed his residency at Virgina Mason Hospital in Seattle. Nonetheless, the doctor-by-training and humble “gadget guy,” has changed the face of medicine for good.

Moll, who is known as the “Bill Gates of robotics,” ushered in the first wave of surgical robotics in 1995 with his company Intuitive Surgical and its Da Vinci systems. That business is now publicly traded with a market value around $51 billion.

But Moll has started a new venture, his fourth, called Auris Health in Redwood City, California. There, he is creating a “second generation of robotic capability” for doctors, he says.

For the unfamiliar, Moll and his team built the Da Vinci surgical systems in the early 90s to help surgeons do their work in a minimally invasive way. These large robots translate the movements of a surgeon’s hands into smaller, more precise motions.

“That was complicated when we did it,” Moll says. “And the challenge was two-fold. We were pushing the capability of robotics as they existed at that time. And we were really fighting from a conceptual standpoint to convince people it was a reasonable idea to use robots in surgery.”

For all the tech advances he’s personally brought to medicine, Moll still doesn’t call himself an engineer.

“I never had formal training. I grew up when we were in the space race and trying to go to the moon. The types of things that got me excited about tech were simple ways to automate tasks that could otherwise take people forever to do. When I got back thinking about tech as early as I can, things like Homer Price [a character in a kid’s book] and his automated doughnut machine inspired me.”

Today, robots are commonly accepted in surgery thanks to Moll. And the innovator has turned his attention to endoscopy, a procedure which lets doctors diagnose or deliver treatment to a patient’s organs through their natural bodily openings, no incision required, not even a pin-sized puncture.

At Auris Health, Moll and his team have put a high-tech spin on the endoscope with a robot they call the Monarch Platform.

The Monarch includes a robotic endoscope which is operated with something that looks like an X-box game controller. Instead of one long hose-like instrument, the Monarch endoscope can be extended like a telescope. It can maneuver through a patient’s airways, into the far and narrow reaches of their lungs, giving doctors a direct view of what’s inside.

The system provides computer-assisted visualization to doctors, too. Monarch software guides doctors to a particular part of the lung that they need to evaluate.

The company aims to help doctors diagnose lung cancer earlier than current technologies and methods, including traditional endoscopes, and needle biopsies. Auris’ chief strategy officer, Josh DeFonzo, says that long-term the team also wants to expand beyond diagnostics.

He explained:

“There are so many therapies being developed today outside of Auris to treat lung cancer, like external radiation therapy, chemotherapeutic agents and devices that aim energy or ablation to adjust a pathology. Or, if you have extensive or acute lung cancer, you may need a numectomy, a lobectomy or another surgical approach. We’d hope to deliver unique therapies endoscopically, so you can diagnose and treat patients in a single procedure.”

Roughly 19 percent of people who are diagnosed with lung cancer will only survive 5 years, but if you catch it early that number jumps to 56 percent, according to research from the American Lung Association.

DeFonzo said at the Auris office in Redwood City, Calif. anyone can try their hand on the Monarch. Most employees have “taken a spin.” One dexterity test asks Monarch users to place a biopsy needle smack in the middle of the eye of the eagle featured on a U.S. dollar bill.

Many laypersons can master this task, DeFonzo said. But Auris isn’t out to replace doctors or other clinicians with robots. No matter how good robotics and AI become, Moll said he doesn’t think that will ever happen.

The CEO said:

“I’m a big believer that electromechanical control of medical intervention is the path of the future. But I don’t mean surgery is going to be fully autonomous and we’d replace surgeons. We’re not. Because the most important aspect of surgical technique is judgment, you will always need surgeons. But robotic controls will be able to do more and more.”

Because Moll believes that “tech and technique” are the only things that limit patient outcomes, he’s willing to build doctors a robot army, if necessary, so that they can treat patients at the best possible levels, consistently.

He also believes tech from robotics to virtual reality, will make health care less expensive, especially for routine procedures.

Auris has been in “stealth” for nearly a decade. But in March, it attained FDA approval for its Monarch Platform to be used for “bronchoscopic procedures,” such as diagnosing lung cancer. So its machines may soon become a common site at hospitals across the U.S.

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Robotics students strut their stuff at ViVa! Vienna! celebration

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At the recent ViVa! Vienna! celebration, members of the James Madison High School Robotics Team shared their 120-pound robot with the public, including answering robotics-related questions.

The robotics team – comprised of 65 students – devised game strategies and worked with many components in designing and building the robot, including electrical circuitry, programmable controllers, motors, pneumatic components and mechanical parts.

The James Madison robot qualified for and competed in this year’s FIRST Chesapeake District Championship tournament that was held at the University of Maryland College Park.

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Robots Have Arrived in India and They are Here to Stay

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India is not far behind in the list of countries picking up this trend across sectors.

June 1, 2018 3 min read

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The robots are creating a buzz in the tech world. With new launches happening every month, these machines are surely going to take over the world in coming years. India is not far behind in the list of countries picking up this trend across sectors.  Recently, Tata and Singapore Airlines in a joint venture with the name of Vistara announced a unique robot using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that can assist customers, address their queries and entertain them. Named ‘RADA’, the robot is aimed at helping the airline offer a seamless experience and an ‘intuitively thoughtful’ on-ground service to its fliers, keeping with the changing consumer behavior.

During its initial stage, the robot will be placed at Vistara’s Signature Lounge at Delhi Airport’s Terminal to assist customers using the lounge before they board their flights. ‘RADA’ will be further developed over a period of time in terms of functionality and features for future use cases, after gauging customer feedback.

Multitasking On The Go:

While many entrepreneurs fear of losing jobs to machines, the benefits of the robots are undeniable. The most important advantage of having robots at the workplaces are getting optimum output in terms if quality and quantity. At present, the Vistara robot can scan boarding passes and further provide information on the terminal, departure gates, weather conditions of the destination city, real-time flight status as well as information about Vistara’s products and services. It greets customers and interacts with them using basic hand movements, and is capable of moving around in the lounge on predefined pathways. Additionally, it can engage with kids and adults alike by playing games and other multimedia content such as songs and videos.

The Rise of the Machines:

Apart from Rada, there are many other robots that are playing an important role in major leading industries.  Last year, India’s first humanoid robot, ‘Mitra’ was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017.  Manufactured by Bengaluru-based startup Invento Robotics, the five feet tall robot can move around the office, store or mall to provide personal assistance and security to your facility.

Another smart ‘robocop’, named after 26/11 martyr Hemant Karkare can perform various tasks like: recognize people, take complaints, detect bombs, identify suspects, interact with people and answer peoples queries among others. Founded by a Hyderabad-based startup,  H-Bots, the robot has the ability to communicate in six different languages.

Is There Anything Robots Can’t Do?  

The simple answer is probably not. A Kerela-based tech- startup, GenRobotics was in news this year for designing a robot that can clean manhole and sewer lines. The robot named ‘Bandicooot’ was developed to eliminate manual scavenging and accidents that happen in manholes due to the lack of awareness. The Indian robotics market is set to escalate, with startups playing a key role behind the boom. So, the Indians need to buck up because the robots are coming and certainly they aren’t going anywhere.

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Robotics & Geopolitics: India, China Forge AI Alliance; UK Weighs Robot Tax

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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of China Xi Jinping in 2017. Credit: Kremlin.Ru

As more countries invest in artificial intelligence, alliances between governments are starting to take shape. This week also saw another inquiry into the effects of automation on jobs in the U.K., which is considering a robot tax. In addition, one major business is taking a unique approach to detecting AI bias — by creating AI to detect it.

Robotics Business Review has partnered with Abishur Prakash at Center for Innovating the Future to provide its readers with cutting-edge insights into recent developments in international robotics, AI, and unmanned systems. Are you ready to be updated?

China and India create big data, AI alliance to mend ties

Robotics development: A month after an informal summit between the leaders of India and China, the countries have launched joint projects in artificial intelligence and big data. The projects are being led by the National Association for Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), India’s largest technology association, and the Chinese government.

On May 26, an AI project was launched in Dalian, China, and on May 27, a big-data project was launched in Guiyang, China. At the same time, to facilitate dialogue and projects between Indian and Chinese firms, a platform powered by AI called “Sino Indian Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza” (SIDCOP) was launched.

Geopolitical significance: India and China lead Asia for AI investment and adoption — for example, in India, AI investment and adoption jumped from 29% to 69% between 2016 and 2017. However, the AI markets of both countries have been unequal, independent, and disconnected.

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A sign of this is the massive divide in investments: India’s entire AI budget is $480 million, while Alibaba alone is investing $15 billion to create AI labs around the world. In other words, a single Chinese firm is investing 30 times more than the entire Indian government. This imbalance makes an AI partnership between New Delhi and Beijing all the more noteworthy. Chinese money could pour into India, technology could be shared, and talent could move more easily.

Already, more than 50% of companies in India using AI are using it at scale, beyond trials and pilots. This number could grow even more as Indian firms tap Chinese AI.

But the big question is whether AI firms in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and the U.K will lose out if firms in India gravitate towards Chinese AI. Consider that close to 70% of firms in India could deploy AI by 2022.

At the same time, it is uncertain as to whether this new AI partnership will be able to weather a future border dispute or other geopolitical disagreement. For now, it appears the next era of India-China relations is slowly being built upon AI.

Microsoft plans to use AI to remove bias in AI

Robotics development: Microsoft announced it is working on a “bias detection dashboard” that will find bias in AI that companies are deploying. The dashboard, which itself is AI, aims to stop people from being discriminated against.

If bias isn’t detected at an early stage, it could become harder to identify and could affect more people. At this point, it isn’t clear whether Microsoft will sell this tool to companies or keep it in-house.

Geopolitical significance: In addition to Microsoft, several other companies are taking steps to reduce AI bias. Facebook has a project called “Fairness Flow,” which can find bias in algorithms. It has already been tested in a job algorithm that Facebook deployed to connect job seekers with employers.

Bank of America is working on detecting bias as it deploys machine learning, such as for hiring people. The company said it doesn’t want to allow AI to have the final decision on hiring, and it claimed that AI bias can be fixed. At the same time, a consulting firm is offering businesses the chance to “test” how fair and bias their algorithms are.

Every AI firm must think about these issues. Even if its algorithms are being used in the most “mechanical ways” — such as crunching survey data and finding patterns — there could be bias. For example, is the AI allotting more weight to certain groups of people who took the survey?

What kind of bias then, could Microsoft’s tool find? One kind of bias is gender. For example, in an image-recognition program designed at the University of Virginia, areas like “kitchen” or tasks like “shopping” or “washing” were constantly linked with women.

Another example of bias could be against a country or foreign population? A U.S. firm may supply AI to help firms in Spain hire people. But the AI might constantly reject professionals from China because of the political climate in the U.S. Companies developing AI should think about country-level bias as they “export” their AI abroad. If they don’t, then perhaps IBM’s prediction will come true that by 2023, bias in algorithms may “explode.”

U.K. considers a robot tax to deal with automation job losses

Robotics development: The British House of Commons, through its Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, launched an inquiry into the effect that AI will have on work in the coming years. It will look at all aspects of AI transforming work and workplaces, including the automation of jobs, the effect on people, and ways to offset any imbalances, including a robot tax.

Geopolitical significance: Public policy will increasingly define how robotics and AI firms can operate and sell. For the U.K., this isn’t the first attempt to outline public policies around automation. In March 2016, a separate committee in the House of Commons launched an inquiry into AI and its implications. In July 2017, the British House of Lords launched an inquiry into AI and its ethical, moral, and social implications.

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Having multiple inquiries lets the British government collect ideas for how to deal with robotics and AI.

One of the ideas that may stick in the minds of policy makers is a robot tax. Why? Because millions of jobs are allegedly at risk of being automated in the U.K. The U.K. as a whole could see 30% to 35% of jobs disappear to robots. In Wales, one in three jobs could disappear by the 2030s. In Northern Ireland, 50% of jobs are at risk of being automated, and in Scotland 46% of jobs could be automated.

Even if these projections are just “fear mongering,” British policy makers may want to ensure they have a plan in place, and a robot tax could be a key part of such a plan. This could start a domino effect as other countries follow the U.K. and adopt a robot tax.

The U.K. itself may be late to the game. Last year, South Korea introduced what is being described as the “world’s first robot tax.” A robot tax might create havoc for AI and robotics firms. Companies that plan to automate certain processes may pause them to avoid paying higher taxes. This could cause robotics and AI firms to lose business. Do these companies have a plan to deal with this new disruption to their operations?

In addition, the governments that deploy robot taxes may face a different kind of problem. How do they keep firms that want to automate processes from leaving the country and moving to markets where there is no robot tax?

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APAC Educational Robotics Market by Component, Product, Vertical and Country 2014-2025 – Segment Analysis …

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “APAC Educational Robotics Market by Component, Product, Vertical and Country 2014-2025: Segment Analysis, Trend Forecast and Business Strategy” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The report predicts the Asia-Pacific educational robotics market to grow by 24.36% annually in terms of revenue during 2018-2025 driven by a growing adoption of smart education tools and robots in various school levels across the Asia-Pacific region.

For each of the aforementioned countries, detailed analysis and data for annual revenue are available for 2014-2025. The breakdown of key national markets by product type and application vertical over the forecast years is also included.

The report also covers current competitive scenario and the predicted manufacture trend; and profiles educational robot vendors including market leaders and important emerging players.

Specifically, potential risks associated with investing in APAC educational robotics market and industry are assayed quantitatively and qualitatively through a risk assessment system. According to the risk analysis and evaluation, Critical Success Factors (CSFs) are generated as a guidance to help investors & stockholders manage and minimize the risks, develop appropriate business models, and make wise strategies and decisions.

Companies Mentioned

  • Cytron Technologies
  • Evollve, Inc.
  • Fischertechnik GmbH
  • Innovation First International
  • Lego System A/S
  • Makeblock Co. Ltd.
  • Modular Robotics Incorporated
  • Parallax, Inc.
  • Pitsco, Inc.
  • Wonder Workshop

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction

2 Market Overview and Qualitative Analysis

3 Segmentation of APAC Market by Component

4 Segmentation of APAC Market by Product

5 Segmentation of APAC Market by Application Vertical

6 Asia-Pacific Market 2014-2025 by Country

7 Competitive Landscape

8 Investing in APAC Market: Risk Assessment and Management

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/sxft8d/apac_educational?w=4

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Europe Educational Robotics Market by Component, Product, Vertical and Country 2014-2025: Segment Analysis …

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Europe Educational Robotics Market by Component, Product, Vertical and Country 2014-2025: Segment Analysis, Trend Forecast and Business Strategy” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The report estimates the revenue of educational robotics in Europe has reached $145.8 million in 2017, driven by a growing adoption of smart education tools and robots in various school levels and home domain across this regional market.

The trend and outlook of Europe market is forecast in optimistic, balanced, and conservative view. The balanced projection is used to quantify Europe educational robotics market in every aspect of the classification from perspectives of component, product, application vertical and country.

For each of the aforementioned countries, detailed analysis and data for annual revenue are available for 2014-2025. The breakdown of key national markets by product type and application vertical over the forecast years is also included.

The report also covers current competitive scenario and the predicted manufacture trend; and profiles educational robot vendors including market leaders and important emerging players.

Specifically, potential risks associated with investing in Europe educational robotics market and industry are assayed quantitatively and qualitatively through a risk assessment system. According to the risk analysis and evaluation, Critical Success Factors (CSFs) are generated as a guidance to help investors & stockholders manage and minimize the risks, develop appropriate business models, and make wise strategies and decisions.

Companies Mentioned

  • Cytron Technologies
  • Evollve, Inc.
  • Fischertechnik GmbH
  • Innovation First International
  • Lego System A/S
  • Makeblock Co. Ltd.
  • Modular Robotics Incorporated
  • Parallax, Inc.
  • Pitsco, Inc.
  • Wonder Workshop

Key Topics Covered:

1 Introduction

2 Market Overview and Qualitative Analysis

3 Segmentation of Europe Market by Component

4 Segmentation of Europe Market by Product

5 Segmentation of Europe Market by Application Vertical

6 Segmentation of Europe Market by Country

7 Competitive Landscape

8 Investing in Europe Market: Risk Assessment and Management

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nsfpv7/europe?w=4

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Melvindale High School heads to international robotics competition

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Melvindale High School is a juggernaut. Not on the gridiron or the hardwood, but underwater. After dominating state and regional competitions, the school’s underwater robotics team heads to internationals for the fourth time in nine years–the only school in Michigan to have accomplished that feat.

There, Melvindale hopes to replicate the success it had at the state and regional levels, where the team took home first place in nine of ten categories. At regionals, they even did it against college students.

“The kids are very, very driven,” teacher Randy Thomas said. “It’s nothing unusual on Saturday and Sunday when I open up to have thirty to fifty [students] working on their ROVs. Colleges are grabbing them like they’re football players.”

ROV stands for remotely operated underwater vehicle. In competition, teams build ROVs to complete predefined missions. Speed and precision are the obvious keys to success, but the intangibles are equally important.

“We help each other out and we help other teams out,” Thomas said. “We’ve been at competitions where we’ve helped other schools when they have problems. There’s a proper means of going about it.”

In 2009, the program started as a small club before becoming an elective course in 2010. Now, the Melvindale program is so popular that more than ten percent of the student body participates and students even transfer from other area schools to join.

Melvindale will be one of forty teams from all over the world to take part in this year’s International Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Competition. The competition takes place in Seattle from June 21 to 23.

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