Category Archives: Robotics

U Can Touch This! BeBop Sensors Brings a Sense of Touch to Robots and More!

You just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans.
- Isaac Asimov

Robotic innovation and the future of human-machine interfaces take center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Keith McMillen (CEO, Founder - BeBop Sensors) joins me to chat about BeBop’s Intelligent Sensing Technologies which can transform any surface into a touch surface that naturally blends into its environment. We dig into the details of BeBop’s RoboSkin that can provide robots with the sense of touch and discuss why Keith believes that intelligent interfaces will change how we interact with machines in the future. Also this week, I take a closer look at a new robotic learning method called WHIRL developed by a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that could make teaching robots easier than ever before.

Faster AI! Go! Go!

We are covering one of my favorite subjects this week: Artificial Intelligence! My guest is Nick Romano, Co-Founder & CEO of Deeplite AI. We investigate their new Deeplite Runtime which makes AI models smaller and faster in production deployment, why smart manufacturing is a great application for Deeplite AI, and why ultra-compact quantization is key to making AI smarter, faster, and smaller than ever before. Also this week, I examine "Raw Zero-Shot" – a new AI learning method developed by a team of researchers at Kyushu University that has potential to make AI more robust and reliable in the future.
 
 

Let’s Just Fly There! How the Center for Autonomous Vehicles in Air Transportation Engineering is Charting a Course for Flying Taxis

I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty. - Amelia Earhart 

In this week’s podcast, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Professor Naira Hovakimyan joins me to discuss how the development of the new Center for Autonomous Vehicles in Air Transportation Engineering (AVIATE) at UIUC will help charter a course for flying taxis! We investigate Hovakimyan’s L1 adaptive flight control system and the role it will play in the development of this kind of autonomous aircraft. We also chat about the different technologies developed by team members at UIUC in association with this project and how various universities and companies including Georgia Tech, MIT, Boeing, Kitty Hawk and Google Wing are coming together to make flying taxis a reality. Keeping with our high flying theme this week, I also check out the details of a new air utility vehicle called the Speeder 2 unveiled by Mayman Aerospace at the recent Draper Venture Network CEO Summit in California.

Consolidation and Collaboration: MCUs and The Future of the Automotive Industry

Motors big and small take center stage in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Marcello Williams Silva (Infineon) joins us to discuss trends in automotive designs. We investigate how consolidation is changing the automotive landscape, the role that parallel processing units will play in future automotive and eMobility designs, and the critical design elements we should consider when it comes to our automotive designs. Keeping with our motorized theme this week, I also check out the first DNA-based motors that combine computational power with the ability to burn fuel and move in an intentional direction.

 

The Rise of Smart Machines: How MicroAI is Accelerating the Development of Machines that Self Diagnose

Artificial intelligence is the name of the game in this week’s podcast. My guest is Yasser Kahn - Founder and CEO of MicroAI. Yasser and I chat about what sets MicroAI apart from other edge AI providers, the benefits of proactive maintenance at the edge versus the cloud, and how MicroAI is advancing the next generation of smart machines. Also this week, I take a closer look at how DeepMind's new deep neural network – called Ithaca – is unlocking the secrets of ancient texts. 

 

Adventures in Brain Computer Interfaces: How AE Studio is Advancing Innovation in the World of BCI

What if your computer could receive directions directly from your thoughts? No keyboard or mouse required? That is exactly what we talk about in this week’s Fish Fry podcast! Evan Coopersmith (EVP of Data Science at AE Studio) joins me to discuss the newest advancements in brain computer interface technology. Evan and I chat about the details of the recent Neural Latents Benchmark Challenge, how AE Studio is leveraging their expertise in machine learning to encourage innovation in BCI technology, and why neuroethical principles that increase human agency are vital to the future of brain computer interface technology.

 

The Next Evolution of Robotics - InOrbit’s Plans for Robots and AI in the Workforce

Robots big and small take center stage in this week's Fish Fry podcast! Florian Pestoni (CEO - InOrbit) joins me to discuss the future of AI and robotics in the workforce. Florian and I also chat about the details of InOrbit’s cloud-based robot management platform and why Florian believes that the next step in digital transformation will be software-defined X. Also this week, I investigate new micro-bots developed by a team of researchers from Japan's Okayama University and Linköping University in Sweden that can self-heal bone and may make the treatment of compound bone fractures much easier in the future. 

The Most Important Compute Workloads of a Generation: How Cerebras Systems is Accelerating AI’s Potential

It’s a bird, it's a plane, it's the largest AI processor ever made!  In this week’s Fish Fry podcast, Andy Hock (Cerebras Systems) joins me to chat about the largest AI processor ever made -  the 7 nm wafer scale engine 2, the details of their brain-scale AI training, and how Cerebras Systems is democratizing access to high performance AI computation. Also this week, I check out a new kickstarter campaign called the SPORTSMATE 5: the world’s first and lightest portable wearable robotic exoskeleton that aims to alter the way we interact with the world by applying exoskeletons to daily life. 

 

The Fantastic Road Forward: The Future of 3D IC Design and the Discovery of Self-Replicating Living Robots

This week's podcast is all about the future of 3D IC tools and methodologies and the newest advancement in xenobot research. Vinay Patwardhan (Cadence Design Systems) and I discuss the challenges engineers experience when designing 3D chips, where existing 3D-IC tools and methodologies fall short, and what type of analysis we need for a 3D stack system as opposed to a standard chip design. Also this week, I investigate how a group of researchers from the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have discovered a brand new form of biological reproduction and how they used this new discovery to create the world’s first self-replicating living robots.

 

Fish Fry Special Edition: Makers Today! OKdo

We are switching things up for our sixth installment of my new special edition series of our long-running Fish Fry podcast called “Makers Today!”, where we highlight the movers and shakers in the maker space. In this month’s episode, my guests are Katie Clubb and Richard Curtin from OKdo! Katie, Richard and I chat about OKdo’s mission to encourage inspiration with the Okdo Projects Hub, how you can recycle your pre-loved Raspberry Pis with their new Okdo Renew Program and how they are encouraging STEM education throughout the world.

 

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