Amazon unveils ‘science fiction’ robot that can patrol homes

“Amazon is launching Astro, its first household robot, powered by its Alexa smart home technology. The company said it can be remote-controlled when not at home, to check on pets, people, or home security. It can also patrol a home automatically and send owners a notification if it detects something unusual.”

Facebook Robots Are Getting Smarter, Watch Them In The Wild (Video)

“Since it’s not possible to pre-program the infinite range of experiences that can happen in the real world, robots are learning how to adapt to the unknown by training in simulation on millions of trial and error iterations – similar to how babies learn.

‘Our goal is to bring the benefits of deep learning to robotics because the world is a variable that needs to be rapidly adapted to,’ said Jitendra Malik, director of Facebook AI Research.”

Ecommerce boom driving new robot helpers

  • “The sector saw sales grow more than 30% in 2020, much steeper growth than could have been imagined at the close of 2019.
  • A Simbe spokesman pointed out to me that with the company’s robot robot Tally, stores have seen a 20% reduction in out-of-stocks and a 2.2% uptick in annual sales, and partners like Schnuck Markets are moving to expand their use of this tech quickly.”