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(CNN)New York City's Department of Health & Mental Hygiene confirmed Thursday that a majority of the test results from passengers aboard Emirates Flight 203 who reported cough, fever and symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on Wednesday "showed common viruses such as influenza and the common cold."

Additional testing for other viruses will be done today, with full results expected by this afternoon, department press secretary Christopher R. Miller said in a statement.
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Roughly 106 of the more than 500 people on the flight, which originated in Dubai and landed at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport just after 9 a.m., reported symptoms like coughing, fever or vomiting. Upon arrival in New York, the plane was taken to a "hard standing area," a Port Authority source told CNN.
    There, paramedics and officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screened all 549 passengers and crew.
    "Unfortunately, tests for other viruses were inconclusive," Miller said. "This is not unusual when testing, but it means we have to retest some samples today and expect to have full results in the afternoon."
    A CDC official familiar with the situation told CNN on Wednesday that MERS was being considered as a potential cause for illness, along with other respiratory illnesses. MERS, which stands for Middle East respiratory syndrome, is a viral respiratory disease first identified in 2012.

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    Most passengers were cleared to continue their travels within hours of landing, but one person who showed symptoms of the flu was immediately admitted to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens on Wednesday.
    Ten others were also taken to the hospital. As of Thursday morning, one had been treated for unrelated symptoms and released, while nine continue to wait for test result confirmation, according to Michael Hinck, director of public affairs at the hospital.
    All the passengers at the hospital have been quarantined, Hinck said. The CDC added that the patients are being treated, including with antiviral medications.
    "CDC requests the cleared passengers to call their health care provider if they develop any symptoms," the agency said in a statement Thursday. It also recommended that people who are sick with the flu "stay home and avoid travel for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities."
    New York City Acting Commissioner of Health Dr. Oxiris Barbot said there are five or six occurrences of people becoming ill on a flight and then needing to be medically evaluated each year.

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    (CNN)New York City's Department of Health & Mental Hygiene confirmed Thursday that a majority of the test results from passengers aboard Emirates Flight 203 who reported cough, fever and symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on Wednesday "showed common viruses such as influenza and the common cold."

    Additional testing for other viruses will be done today, with full results expected by this afternoon, department press secretary Christopher R. Miller said in a statement.
    director of public affairs at the hospital
    Roughly 106 of the more than 500 people on the flight, which originated in Dubai and landed at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport just after 9 a.m., reported symptoms like coughing, fever or vomiting. Upon arrival in New York, the plane was taken to a "hard standing area," a Port Authority source told CNN.
      There, paramedics and officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screened all 549 passengers and crew.
      "Unfortunately, tests for other viruses were inconclusive," Miller said. "This is not unusual when testing, but it means we have to retest some samples today and expect to have full results in the afternoon."
      A CDC official familiar with the situation told CNN on Wednesday that MERS was being considered as a potential cause for illness, along with other respiratory illnesses. MERS, which stands for Middle East respiratory syndrome, is a viral respiratory disease first identified in 2012.

      Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team.

      Most passengers were cleared to continue their travels within hours of landing, but one person who showed symptoms of the flu was immediately admitted to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens on Wednesday.
      Ten others were also taken to the hospital. As of Thursday morning, one had been treated for unrelated symptoms and released, while nine continue to wait for test result confirmation, according to Michael Hinck, director of public affairs at the hospital.
      All the passengers at the hospital have been quarantined, Hinck said. The CDC added that the patients are being treated, including with antiviral medications.
      "CDC requests the cleared passengers to call their health care provider if they develop any symptoms," the agency said in a statement Thursday. It also recommended that people who are sick with the flu "stay home and avoid travel for at least 24 hours after fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities."
      New York City Acting Commissioner of Health Dr. Oxiris Barbot said there are five or six occurrences of people becoming ill on a flight and then needing to be medically evaluated each year.

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      Man held after city centre bank blazehttps://viralnews1.top/man-held-after-city-centre-bank-blaze/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:03:42 +0000 https://viralnews1.top/?p=4641
      Andy Comfort

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      Media captionCity bank blaze suspect arrested

      A man has been arrested after part of a city centre was left "in lockdown" when a fire was started at a bank.

      An eyewitness described seeing a man wielding a "cleaver" inside Santander in King Edward Street, Hull, at about 13:00 BST before he started a blaze.

      Police said a man entered the bank "produced a knife, poured petrol on the floor, which he set alight to, and was demanding money from the bank manager".

      A man was held at Paragon Interchange station and remains in custody.

      Yorkshire breaking news: Teacher jailed for child abuse; Hotels offer fake views for windowless rooms

      BBC employee Sarah Akerman said she saw a man "wafting a butcher's cleaver" inside Santander, before starting a fire in the doorway.

      "There was a huge presence of emergency services, it was a complete lockdown," she said.

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      Image caption Eyewitness Sarah Akerman described seeing a man wielding a "cleaver" inside Santander

      Ch Supt Phil Ward said: "After about a minute, he ran from that bank across to Barclays Bank where the same incident occurred."

      He said three people suffered minor injuries including the detained man.

      Ms Akerman said she "heard a lot of shouting and screaming" and described seeing the man run across the street from Santander towards Barclays, before he headed towards the train station.

      BBC Radio Humberside presenter Andy Comfort said Santander staff were "visibly distressed".

      An area around Santander was cordoned off and people advised to avoid it while investigations continued. A cordon was also placed around the train station.

      Mr Ward said: "We are mindful of the public's concern that these types of incidents may be related to terrorism, however there is nothing to suggest that this is anything other than an isolated incident which has been dealt with promptly by the responding police and emergency services.

      "I want to offer reassurance that our priority at all times is the safety of the public."

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      Image caption Witnesses reported seeing the man run across the street to Barclays Bank

      A Santander spokeswoman said: "Santander is shocked by the attack on its branch in Hull and we are co-operating with the authorities to understand what happened and why."

      Rail operator TransPennine Express said the train station remained "open to customers and train services are running as normal", but the ticket office had been shut.

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      Image caption A man was carried out of Hull train station on a stretcher by police, but officers said nobody was seriously hurt

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      Media playback is unsupported on your device

      Media captionCity bank blaze suspect arrested

      A man has been arrested after part of a city centre was left "in lockdown" when a fire was started at a bank.

      An eyewitness described seeing a man wielding a "cleaver" inside Santander in King Edward Street, Hull, at about 13:00 BST before he started a blaze.

      Police said a man entered the bank "produced a knife, poured petrol on the floor, which he set alight to, and was demanding money from the bank manager".

      A man was held at Paragon Interchange station and remains in custody.

      Yorkshire breaking news: Teacher jailed for child abuse; Hotels offer fake views for windowless rooms

      BBC employee Sarah Akerman said she saw a man "wafting a butcher's cleaver" inside Santander, before starting a fire in the doorway.

      "There was a huge presence of emergency services, it was a complete lockdown," she said.

      bank
      Image caption Eyewitness Sarah Akerman described seeing a man wielding a "cleaver" inside Santander

      Ch Supt Phil Ward said: "After about a minute, he ran from that bank across to Barclays Bank where the same incident occurred."

      He said three people suffered minor injuries including the detained man.

      Ms Akerman said she "heard a lot of shouting and screaming" and described seeing the man run across the street from Santander towards Barclays, before he headed towards the train station.

      BBC Radio Humberside presenter Andy Comfort said Santander staff were "visibly distressed".

      An area around Santander was cordoned off and people advised to avoid it while investigations continued. A cordon was also placed around the train station.

      Mr Ward said: "We are mindful of the public's concern that these types of incidents may be related to terrorism, however there is nothing to suggest that this is anything other than an isolated incident which has been dealt with promptly by the responding police and emergency services.

      "I want to offer reassurance that our priority at all times is the safety of the public."

      Barclays Bank
      Image caption Witnesses reported seeing the man run across the street to Barclays Bank

      A Santander spokeswoman said: "Santander is shocked by the attack on its branch in Hull and we are co-operating with the authorities to understand what happened and why."

      Rail operator TransPennine Express said the train station remained "open to customers and train services are running as normal", but the ticket office had been shut.

      BBC
      Image caption A man was carried out of Hull train station on a stretcher by police, but officers said nobody was seriously hurt

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      Apples 5G iPhone conundrumhttps://viralnews1.top/apples-5g-iphone-conundrum/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:28:15 +0000 https://viralnews1.top/?p=4637

      Wednesday is Apple’s big product release day, where analysts expect the company to release the next edition of the iPhone. While the usual upgrades to the screen, CPU, and storage are expected as always, one major lingering question is how the company is going to handle 5G, the next-generation telecommunications standard.

      The conventional wisdom among analysts is that Apple will ignore 5G in 2018 and 2019 just as it took extra time to rollout 3G and 4G chipsets in its phones. A typical example of this analysis comes from Chris Smith at BGR, who says that “We already saw what Apple did when 4G LTE came out. The company waited for carriers actually to offer decent coverage before launching the first 4G iPhone. That was the iPhone 5, by the way, which launched more than a year after the first Android-based LTE phones came out.”

      I’m not nearly as convinced. There are many reasons for Apple to ignore the tech this year, which I will get to in a moment, but one major factor could drive an earlier discussion of 5G than expected: Apple’s growth markets, particularly in China.

      China is becoming one of Apple’s most important markets for its smartphones, and particularly for its flagship iPhone X. Its greater China revenue in the third quarter of this year was $9.6 billion, and its operating income from the region was just shy of Europe’s. More importantly, greater China is just slightly behind the Americas as the fastest-growing region for Apple’s sales.

      That makes 5G a particularly challenging issue for the company. China has made 5G leadership a critical pillar of its industrial strategy, and many analysts believe the country will set the pace for 5G rollouts globally. Furthermore, Chinese consumers are deeply interested in buying premium products and experiences, and adoption for 5G is expected to be strong and rapid.

      With the technical specifications around the 5G standard complete, companies are racing to build the chipsets and deploy the infrastructure necessary to enable this new standard in smartphones and other devices. Early networks are expected to be deployed in 2019, and chipset maker Qualcomm has publicly unveiled more than a dozen handset manufacturers who are partnering with it on 5G. For instance, Vivo, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, announced today that it was developing its first “pre-commercial 5G smartphones” for launch next year.

      The speed and timing of the 5G rollout is awkward for Apple, which has traditionally timed its iPhone events for September. It almost certainly will make no announcements this week, but its next iPhone launch would likely be September 2019 — giving Chinese handset manufacturers with early 5G devices nearly exclusive access to the local market for the first three quarters of next year.

      Apple would find itself falling behind its competitors in a fast-moving and critical growth market. While the company has built a brand in the country with devoted fans, its place in the market is not nearly as secure as in the U.S., particularly as the trade war between the two nations reaches a fevered pitch.

      There’s no doubt that the challenges for Apple to include the technology are immense. First is the patent licensing cost, which Jeremy Horwitz at VentureBeat put at roughly $21 per device, up from around $9 for 4G. Second, the leading American company in 5G is believed to be Qualcomm, which Apple has been fighting in a long-running patent war, to the point that the company has been actively trying to remove Qualcomm equipment from its phones. Apple’s name was notably absent from Qualcomm’s 5G partner list.

      While some early chip designs are available, they are hardly ready for primetime, and certainly not for a flagship phone like the iPhone X. Nor do I expect that Apple will imply on Wednesday that the company will support 5G in future releases and dampen enthusiasm for its newly-released devices. No one wants to be told that next year’s devices are going to be better than one released just minutes ago.

      Instead, I expect Apple will use smoke signals to clearly demonstrate that it intends to remain at the cutting edge of 5G deployment. That could include joining certain industry trade groups, testing the technology in a more public fashion, and potentially releasing a roadmap next year, say at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which is traditionally held in June and thus earlier in the year than its September iPhone events.

      What would be concerning though is if we get to the end of 2018 and into 2019 with nary a peep from the company about its plans for the technology. Given its commitment to China, as well as its leading position within the smartphone market, the company has to engage on the technologies around 5G in a public manner in order to prevent a loss in its competitive position.

      Ultimately, much will depend on China Mobile and other telcos in China as well as around the world on how fast they can deploy 5G infrastructure (sadly, it looks increasingly like the U.S. faces a bumpy road in that direction). Beyond gold iPhone rumors, 5G may well be the first time that China drives the company’s product roadmaps, and it should be wary of finding itself on the defensive.

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      Wednesday is Apple’s big product release day, where analysts expect the company to release the next edition of the iPhone. While the usual upgrades to the screen, CPU, and storage are expected as always, one major lingering question is how the company is going to handle 5G, the next-generation telecommunications standard.

      The conventional wisdom among analysts is that Apple will ignore 5G in 2018 and 2019 just as it took extra time to rollout 3G and 4G chipsets in its phones. A typical example of this analysis comes from Chris Smith at BGR, who says that “We already saw what Apple did when 4G LTE came out. The company waited for carriers actually to offer decent coverage before launching the first 4G iPhone. That was the iPhone 5, by the way, which launched more than a year after the first Android-based LTE phones came out.”

      I’m not nearly as convinced. There are many reasons for Apple to ignore the tech this year, which I will get to in a moment, but one major factor could drive an earlier discussion of 5G than expected: Apple’s growth markets, particularly in China.

      China is becoming one of Apple’s most important markets for its smartphones, and particularly for its flagship iPhone X. Its greater China revenue in the third quarter of this year was $9.6 billion, and its operating income from the region was just shy of Europe’s. More importantly, greater China is just slightly behind the Americas as the fastest-growing region for Apple’s sales.

      That makes 5G a particularly challenging issue for the company. China has made 5G leadership a critical pillar of its industrial strategy, and many analysts believe the country will set the pace for 5G rollouts globally. Furthermore, Chinese consumers are deeply interested in buying premium products and experiences, and adoption for 5G is expected to be strong and rapid.

      With the technical specifications around the 5G standard complete, companies are racing to build the chipsets and deploy the infrastructure necessary to enable this new standard in smartphones and other devices. Early networks are expected to be deployed in 2019, and chipset maker Qualcomm has publicly unveiled more than a dozen handset manufacturers who are partnering with it on 5G. For instance, Vivo, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, announced today that it was developing its first “pre-commercial 5G smartphones” for launch next year.

      The speed and timing of the 5G rollout is awkward for Apple, which has traditionally timed its iPhone events for September. It almost certainly will make no announcements this week, but its next iPhone launch would likely be September 2019 — giving Chinese handset manufacturers with early 5G devices nearly exclusive access to the local market for the first three quarters of next year.

      Apple would find itself falling behind its competitors in a fast-moving and critical growth market. While the company has built a brand in the country with devoted fans, its place in the market is not nearly as secure as in the U.S., particularly as the trade war between the two nations reaches a fevered pitch.

      There’s no doubt that the challenges for Apple to include the technology are immense. First is the patent licensing cost, which Jeremy Horwitz at VentureBeat put at roughly $21 per device, up from around $9 for 4G. Second, the leading American company in 5G is believed to be Qualcomm, which Apple has been fighting in a long-running patent war, to the point that the company has been actively trying to remove Qualcomm equipment from its phones. Apple’s name was notably absent from Qualcomm’s 5G partner list.

      While some early chip designs are available, they are hardly ready for primetime, and certainly not for a flagship phone like the iPhone X. Nor do I expect that Apple will imply on Wednesday that the company will support 5G in future releases and dampen enthusiasm for its newly-released devices. No one wants to be told that next year’s devices are going to be better than one released just minutes ago.

      Instead, I expect Apple will use smoke signals to clearly demonstrate that it intends to remain at the cutting edge of 5G deployment. That could include joining certain industry trade groups, testing the technology in a more public fashion, and potentially releasing a roadmap next year, say at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which is traditionally held in June and thus earlier in the year than its September iPhone events.

      What would be concerning though is if we get to the end of 2018 and into 2019 with nary a peep from the company about its plans for the technology. Given its commitment to China, as well as its leading position within the smartphone market, the company has to engage on the technologies around 5G in a public manner in order to prevent a loss in its competitive position.

      Ultimately, much will depend on China Mobile and other telcos in China as well as around the world on how fast they can deploy 5G infrastructure (sadly, it looks increasingly like the U.S. faces a bumpy road in that direction). Beyond gold iPhone rumors, 5G may well be the first time that China drives the company’s product roadmaps, and it should be wary of finding itself on the defensive.

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      This One-Armed Robot Is Super Manipulative (in a Good Way)https://viralnews1.top/this-one-armed-robot-is-super-manipulative-in-a-good-way/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:54:43 +0000 https://viralnews1.top/?p=4634

      Give a man a fish, the old saying goes, and you feed him for a day—teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Same goes for robots, with the exception that robots feed exclusively on electricity. The problem is figuring out the best way to teach them. Typically, robots get fairly detailed coded instructions on how to manipulate a particular object. But give it a different kind of object and you’ll blow its mind, because the machines aren’t great yet at learning and applying their skills to things they’ve never seen before.

      New research out of MIT is helping change that. Engineers have developed a way for a robot arm to visually study just a handful of different shoes, craning itself back and forth like a snake to get a good look at all the angles. Then when the researchers drop a different, unfamiliar kind of shoe in front of the robot and ask it to pick it up by the tongue, the machine can identify the tongue and give it a lift—without any human guidance. They’ve taught the robot to fish for, well, boots, like in the cartoons. And that could be big news for robots that are still struggling to get a grip on the complicated world of humans.

      Video by Pete Florence and Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL

      Typically, to train a robot you have to do a lot of hand-holding. One way is to literally joystick around to learn how to manipulate objects, known as imitation learning. Or you can do some reinforcement learning, in which you let the robot try over and over to, say, get a square peg in a square hole. It makes random movements and is rewarded in a point system when it gets closer to the goal. That, of course, takes a lot of time. Or you can do the same sort of thing in simulation, though the knowledge that a virtual robot learns doesn’t easily port into a real-world machine.

      This new system is unique in that it is almost entirely hands-off. For the most part, the researchers just place shoes in front of the machine. “It can build up—entirely by itself, with no human help—a very detailed visual model of these objects,” says Pete Florence, a roboticist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and lead author on a new paper describing the system. You can see it at work in the GIF above.

      Think of this visual model as a coordinate system, or collection of addresses on a shoe. Or several shoes, in this case, that the robot banks as its concept of how shoes are structured. So when the researchers finish training the robot and give it a shoe it’s never seen before, it’s got context to work with.

      Video by Pete Florence and Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL

      “If we have pointed to the tongue of a shoe on a different image,” says Florence, “then the robot is basically looking at the new shoe, and it's saying, ‘Hmmm, which one of these points looks the most similar to the tongue of the other shoe?’ And it's able to identify that.” The machine reaches down and wraps its fingers around the tongue and lifts the shoe.

      When the robot moves its camera around, taking in the shoes at different angles, it's collecting the data it needs to build rich internal descriptions of the meaning of particular pixels. By comparing between images, it figures out what's a lace, a tongue, or a sole. It uses that information to then make sense of new shoes, after its brief training period. “At the end of it, what pops out—and to be honest it's a little bit magical—is that we have a consistent visual description that applies both to the shoes it was trained on but also to lots of new shoes,” says Florence. Essentially, it’s learned shoeness.

      Contrast this with how machine vision usually works, with humans labeling (or “annotating”), say, pedestrians and stop signs so a self-driving car can learn to recognize such things. “This is all about letting the robot supervise itself, rather than humans going in and doing annotations,” says coauthor Lucas Manuelli, also of MIT CSAIL.

      “I can see how this is very useful in industrial applications where the hard part is finding a good point to grasp,” says Matthias Plappert, an engineer at OpenAI who has developed a system for a robot hand to teach itself how to manipulate, but who wasn’t involved in this work. Executing a grasp here is all the easier due to the simplicity of the robot's hand, Plappert adds. It's a two-pronged "end effector," as it's known in the biz, as opposed to a wildly complicated hand that mimics a human's.

      Video by Pete Florence and Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL

      Which is exactly what robots need if they’re going to navigate our world without infuriating us. For a home robot, you want it to understand not just what an object is, but what it’s made up of. Say you ask your robot to help you lift a table, but the legs seem a little loose, so you’d tell the robot to only grip the tabletop. Right now, you’d first have to instruct it on what a tabletop is. For every subsequent table, you’d have to again tell it what a tabletop is; the robot wouldn’t be able to generalize from that single example, as a human likely would.

      Complicating matters is the fact that lifting a shoe by the tongue or a table by its top may not be the best way to grip it in the robot’s mind. Fine manipulation remains a big problem in modern robotics, but the machines are getting better. A computer program developed at UC Berkeley called Dex-Net, for instance, is trying to help robots get a grip by calculating the best places for them to grasp various objects. For example, it’s finding that a robot with only two fingers might have better luck gripping the bulbous base of a spray bottle, not the neck grip meant for us humans.

      So roboticists might be able to actually combine this new MIT system with Dex-Net. The former could identify a general area you’d want the robot to grasp, while Dex-Net could suggest where in that area would be best to grasp.

      Let’s say you wanted your home robot to put a mug back on the shelf. For that, the machine would have to identify the different components of the mug. “You need to know what the bottom of the mug is so you can actually put it down the right way,” says Manuelli. “Our system can provide that sort of understanding of where's the top, the bottom, the handle, and then you can use Dex-Net to grab it in the best way, let's say by the rim.”

      Teach a robot to fish, and it’s less likely it’ll destroy your kitchen.


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      Give a man a fish, the old saying goes, and you feed him for a day—teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Same goes for robots, with the exception that robots feed exclusively on electricity. The problem is figuring out the best way to teach them. Typically, robots get fairly detailed coded instructions on how to manipulate a particular object. But give it a different kind of object and you’ll blow its mind, because the machines aren’t great yet at learning and applying their skills to things they’ve never seen before.

      New research out of MIT is helping change that. Engineers have developed a way for a robot arm to visually study just a handful of different shoes, craning itself back and forth like a snake to get a good look at all the angles. Then when the researchers drop a different, unfamiliar kind of shoe in front of the robot and ask it to pick it up by the tongue, the machine can identify the tongue and give it a lift—without any human guidance. They’ve taught the robot to fish for, well, boots, like in the cartoons. And that could be big news for robots that are still struggling to get a grip on the complicated world of humans.

      Video by Pete Florence and Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL

      Typically, to train a robot you have to do a lot of hand-holding. One way is to literally joystick around to learn how to manipulate objects, known as imitation learning. Or you can do some reinforcement learning, in which you let the robot try over and over to, say, get a square peg in a square hole. It makes random movements and is rewarded in a point system when it gets closer to the goal. That, of course, takes a lot of time. Or you can do the same sort of thing in simulation, though the knowledge that a virtual robot learns doesn’t easily port into a real-world machine.

      This new system is unique in that it is almost entirely hands-off. For the most part, the researchers just place shoes in front of the machine. “It can build up—entirely by itself, with no human help—a very detailed visual model of these objects,” says Pete Florence, a roboticist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and lead author on a new paper describing the system. You can see it at work in the GIF above.

      Think of this visual model as a coordinate system, or collection of addresses on a shoe. Or several shoes, in this case, that the robot banks as its concept of how shoes are structured. So when the researchers finish training the robot and give it a shoe it’s never seen before, it’s got context to work with.

      Video by Pete Florence and Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL

      “If we have pointed to the tongue of a shoe on a different image,” says Florence, “then the robot is basically looking at the new shoe, and it's saying, ‘Hmmm, which one of these points looks the most similar to the tongue of the other shoe?’ And it's able to identify that.” The machine reaches down and wraps its fingers around the tongue and lifts the shoe.

      When the robot moves its camera around, taking in the shoes at different angles, it's collecting the data it needs to build rich internal descriptions of the meaning of particular pixels. By comparing between images, it figures out what's a lace, a tongue, or a sole. It uses that information to then make sense of new shoes, after its brief training period. “At the end of it, what pops out—and to be honest it's a little bit magical—is that we have a consistent visual description that applies both to the shoes it was trained on but also to lots of new shoes,” says Florence. Essentially, it’s learned shoeness.

      Contrast this with how machine vision usually works, with humans labeling (or “annotating”), say, pedestrians and stop signs so a self-driving car can learn to recognize such things. “This is all about letting the robot supervise itself, rather than humans going in and doing annotations,” says coauthor Lucas Manuelli, also of MIT CSAIL.

      “I can see how this is very useful in industrial applications where the hard part is finding a good point to grasp,” says Matthias Plappert, an engineer at OpenAI who has developed a system for a robot hand to teach itself how to manipulate, but who wasn’t involved in this work. Executing a grasp here is all the easier due to the simplicity of the robot's hand, Plappert adds. It's a two-pronged "end effector," as it's known in the biz, as opposed to a wildly complicated hand that mimics a human's.

      Video by Pete Florence and Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL

      Which is exactly what robots need if they’re going to navigate our world without infuriating us. For a home robot, you want it to understand not just what an object is, but what it’s made up of. Say you ask your robot to help you lift a table, but the legs seem a little loose, so you’d tell the robot to only grip the tabletop. Right now, you’d first have to instruct it on what a tabletop is. For every subsequent table, you’d have to again tell it what a tabletop is; the robot wouldn’t be able to generalize from that single example, as a human likely would.

      Complicating matters is the fact that lifting a shoe by the tongue or a table by its top may not be the best way to grip it in the robot’s mind. Fine manipulation remains a big problem in modern robotics, but the machines are getting better. A computer program developed at UC Berkeley called Dex-Net, for instance, is trying to help robots get a grip by calculating the best places for them to grasp various objects. For example, it’s finding that a robot with only two fingers might have better luck gripping the bulbous base of a spray bottle, not the neck grip meant for us humans.

      So roboticists might be able to actually combine this new MIT system with Dex-Net. The former could identify a general area you’d want the robot to grasp, while Dex-Net could suggest where in that area would be best to grasp.

      Let’s say you wanted your home robot to put a mug back on the shelf. For that, the machine would have to identify the different components of the mug. “You need to know what the bottom of the mug is so you can actually put it down the right way,” says Manuelli. “Our system can provide that sort of understanding of where's the top, the bottom, the handle, and then you can use Dex-Net to grab it in the best way, let's say by the rim.”

      Teach a robot to fish, and it’s less likely it’ll destroy your kitchen.


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      Volkswagen Beetle, cool car of the turn of the century, will no longer be madehttps://viralnews1.top/volkswagen-beetle-cool-car-of-the-turn-of-the-century-will-no-longer-be-made/ Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:18:45 +0000 https://viralnews1.top/?p=4630 Austin Powers
      The VW Beetle will end production in 2019.
      Image: Getty Images/Car Culture

      The car of our teenage dreams will be no more.

      Volkswagen announced that it will end production of the Beetle in 2019, finishing with the last ever models to the carry the name, the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

      "The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans," Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO of Volkswagen America, said in a statement.

      Beetle

      The VW Beetle Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

      Image: Volkswagen

      Debuting in 1998, the New Beetle was heavily inspired by the original Beetle, which went on to be the best-selling cars in history.

      Dubbed the "People's Car," the original Beetle was designed by Adolf Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche to be cheap and simple, and continued production right through to 2003. 

      But the rebooted, modern New Beetle was more of a fashion accessory, splashed through popular culture at the turn of the century. From 2011, Volkswagen just called it the Beetle.

      Its silly, round shape and vase built into the dashboard evoked some of that the '70s flower power revivalism that became a trend in the '90s, exemplified by films like Boogie Nights and the Austin Powers series.

      The Beetle became the quintessential cool car for kids of that era, thanks to its retro chic and relentless product placement, like in Mandy Moore's 1999 hit "Candy." 

      Or when Austin Powers also used a New Beetle to travel back in time in The Spy Who Shagged Me.

      The New Beetle was also made into a Barbie toy, which no doubt had an impact on impressionable, young minds somewhere.

      Punch buggy no more.

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      Austin Powers
      The VW Beetle will end production in 2019.
      Image: Getty Images/Car Culture

      The car of our teenage dreams will be no more.

      Volkswagen announced that it will end production of the Beetle in 2019, finishing with the last ever models to the carry the name, the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

      "The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans," Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO of Volkswagen America, said in a statement.

      Beetle

      The VW Beetle Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

      Image: Volkswagen

      Debuting in 1998, the New Beetle was heavily inspired by the original Beetle, which went on to be the best-selling cars in history.

      Dubbed the "People's Car," the original Beetle was designed by Adolf Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche to be cheap and simple, and continued production right through to 2003. 

      But the rebooted, modern New Beetle was more of a fashion accessory, splashed through popular culture at the turn of the century. From 2011, Volkswagen just called it the Beetle.

      Its silly, round shape and vase built into the dashboard evoked some of that the '70s flower power revivalism that became a trend in the '90s, exemplified by films like Boogie Nights and the Austin Powers series.

      The Beetle became the quintessential cool car for kids of that era, thanks to its retro chic and relentless product placement, like in Mandy Moore's 1999 hit "Candy." 

      Or when Austin Powers also used a New Beetle to travel back in time in The Spy Who Shagged Me.

      The New Beetle was also made into a Barbie toy, which no doubt had an impact on impressionable, young minds somewhere.

      Punch buggy no more.

      Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

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