Europe working together – Awards to joint research projects

The new Ralf Dahrendorf Prize awards joint projects on the European Research Area. It is directed on recognizing outstanding key EU research projects that include sharing the project outcomes with the public. The new research award bears its name from former German Commissioner Ralf Dahrendorf. In the 1970s, he laid the foundation for the idea of ​​a single European area of ​​knowledge. Where spirit was directed on science and research to think beyond national boundaries… Continue reading

Connected work, when robots taking over monotonous jobs

Two-thirds of the work available today, robots will be taking over. This development has been going on with accelerating speed in the developed world for a few decades. So, when politicians are saying that they will bring “home” production in globalized companies. They are really saying that they are trying to bring in automated factories within their borders. The UN report “Robots, and industrialization in developing countries” explains this trend: “Some reshoring has occurred, especially… Continue reading

Robots become more flexible and sensitive – the next generation

GelSight sensors is a new technology for robots that have been developed at MIT. It uses physical contact with objects to provide a detailed 3D map of its surface. Thereby it can determine what the object is. By putting the GelSight sensor on the grippers of the robot’s arm it can also determine the hardness of the object it touches and chooses the right object in a collection that looks similar. These skills are crucial… Continue reading

The future of work in a world with robots

Even if something technologically feasible does not mean it will be generally adopted. Innovation does not matter, more than to early adopters, if the new solution does not start from and adapt to human prerequisites. Feng Li, Professor of Information Management at Cass Business School writes the following about future work: “Robots, AI and other technologies are very good at certain tasks but this does not mean they can replace humans.  My guess is, some… Continue reading

Robot helps pupils to participate in class without being in the classroom

Pupils that for different reasons cannot participate in the education within the classroom can in a primary school, Hedeskolan, in Kungsbacka in the western part of Sweden, now remotely both socially and as a learner participate. This is made possible with the classroom robot that pupils can connect with from their tablet or smartphone from home. After connected the pupil can speak through the robot’s loudspeakers and also gain attention from the teacher and the… Continue reading

Introducing Robots in School and Elderly Care

eLearningworld News The municipality of Norrköping in central-eastern Sweden is now introducing robots in school to initially explore the use in education and later also in elderly care. As the digitization is speeding up and coding is being introduced in school the municipality is introducing five humanoid robots that will enter the public education. Where the purpose is that the robots will be a compliment and a tool for the teachers in their teaching. The… Continue reading

Robots in an Art Competition – The challenge to show emotions

eLearningworld News Robot Art is a competition where 19 schools with their research teams from different parts of the world are competing of who can build the most artistic robot. Then the art is exhibited at an exhibition in Seattle May 14, where the winner is announced. The winners receive totally $100 000. From Halmstad University, in southwestern Sweden, the robot Baxter is participating for the second time. Last year the task was to interpret… Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence – if you like or not – and why Europe is lagging behind

“AI is the new electricity,” Andrew Ng announced. He is the adjunct Stanford professor that founded the Google Brain Deep Learning Project and also is one of the co-founders of Coursera. Since AI already is making an impact on everyday life and we are now approaching the end of the beginning. To use Andrew Ng’s words again: “About 100 years ago, electricity transformed every major industry. AI has advanced to the point where it has… Continue reading

The benefits of using robots in class

eLearningworld News The research report: Hybrid Learning in Higher Education: The Potential of Teaching and Learning with Robot-Mediated Communication by Benjamin Gleason, Iowa State University and Christine Greenhow, Michigan State University, shows that robots could form an engaging bridge between online learners as well as with students that are physically present in class. The method is termed blended hybrid learning and Michigan State University has taken the lead in the development by a project that… Continue reading

Robots are taking over, human labour lost … or not

A new report from Oxford University and Yale University shows that it is 50% chance that AI will outperform humans on all tasks within 45 years and of automating all human jobs in 120 years. This is the conclusion of a worldwide survey with machine learning researchers as respondents. Within the next ten years AI will be better in tasks like translating languages (by 2024), writing high-school essays (by 2026), driving a truck (by 2027),… Continue reading