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Video Friday: May the fourth be with you



Video Friday is a weekly selection of amazing robotics videos collected by your friends on IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also publish a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

Robotics Summit and Exhibition: May 10-11, 2023 BOSTON
IKRA 2023: May 29 – June 2, 2023, LONDON.
Energy Summit on Drones and Robotics: June 10-12, 2023, HOUSTON
RoboCup 2023: July 4-10, 2023, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
RSS 2023: July 10-14, 2023, DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA.
IEEE ROMAN 2023: August 28-31, 2023 BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA
CLAVAR 2023: October 2-4, 2023, FLORIANOPOLIS, BRAZIL
Humanoids 2023: December 12-14, 2023, AUSTIN, TX

Enjoy today’s videos!

From May 4 from KIMLAB!


The Star Wars universe loves robots with golden legs.

[ Boston Dynamics ]

SkyMul uses robots to tie up rebar, an essential job in construction that is extremely unpleasant (and sometimes harmful) for humans. But because it’s also pretty structured, it’s a potentially handy task for robots, whether it’s done with a drone or a quadruped.

[ SkyMul ]

Thanks Eohan!

Indoor Capture is Skydio’s latest 3D scanning mode, specifically designed for offline scanning of large and complex indoor environments. With Skydio drones, a single operator can now easily scan even the largest and most complex objects that were previously too difficult to manage. Capture indoor and outdoor subjects with a single tool, then use that data to create high-quality digital copies. The main advantage of Indoor Capture is that it can shoot in hard-to-reach places, especially at high altitudes.

[ Skydio ]

A small, lost and adorable alien robot has crash landed on our planet. Many of his subsystems have been damaged and he is looking for help! Luckily, our team of brilliant engineers stumbled upon the stuck robot and moved it to the repair bay. Thanks to their experience, they were able to repair damaged subsystems and restore the robot to working order. The lost robot begins to communicate and we learn about its origins, its self-awareness of its own sensors, its hope of returning to its home planet, its fear of cliffs and dangers, and its intelligent interpretation of our human language.

[ Clearpath ]

A2Z Drone Delivery, Inc, a developer of commercial drone delivery solutions, has just announced the release of its latest flagship commercial delivery drone, the A2Z Drone Delivery RDSX Pelican. With the new RDSX Pelican hybrid VTOL design, A2Z has increased range and payload capacity by up to 5kg on routes up to 40km.

[ A2Z ]

Don’t let that clear blue sky fool you – the ground in Oregon is like jelly in the spring, making walking difficult.

[ Agility Robotics ]

Oh My DOT is a specialty soup noodle shop where you can enjoy the combination of 10 kinds of unique soup base called “Soup DOT” and 3 kinds of noodles to enjoy your favorite taste. With the N-Robo cooking robot, you can set up various menus.

[ Impress ]

Sanctuary AI’s mission is to create the world’s first general-purpose robots with human-like intelligence that will help us work more safely, efficiently, and resiliently, helping to address the workforce challenges many organizations face today.

[ Sanctuary AI ]

At a robotics festival in Portugal, one of the best robot football teams in the world, Tech United Eindhoven, takes on several experienced people as well as a local youth girls team, ending up with brutal penalties.

[ Tech United Eindhoven ]

This work presents the mechanical design and control of a novel small and light micro-aircraft (MAV) for aerial manipulation. As far as we know, with a total takeoff weight of only 2.0 kg, the proposed system is the lightest air manipulator (AM), which has 8 degrees of freedom with independent control.

[ ASL ]

Learn how the Amazon Fulfillment Technologies & Robotics team uses STEM to find and ship your orders.

[ Amazon Robotics ]

Mortician’s first fight at the 2023 RoboGames event against the badass wedge-shaped robot Who’s Your Daddy Now? Did all the work pay off, or was the sturdy wedge too big for the new design?

[ Hardcore Robotics ]

This short film documents some of the most innovative projects resulting from the work of NCCR Robotics, a Swiss consortium coordinated from 2010 to 2022 by EPFL Professor Dario Floreano and ETHZ Professor Robert Riener, including other major research institutes across Switzerland. Filmed over six months in Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, Wangen an der Aar, Leysin, Lugano, this documentary is a unique look at the state of the art in medical, educational and rescue robotics, as well as the special contribution that the Swiss researchers have given this area over the past decade.

[ NCCR ]

Lex Friedman interviews Boston Dynamics CEO Rob Player.

[ Lex Fridman ]

AI is rapidly changing the speed and breadth of scientific discovery. In this discussion, Demis Hassabis, co-founder and CEO of DeepMind Technologies, talks about his company’s efforts in this area, followed by a conversation with Fei-Fei Li, co-director of the Stanford Denning Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. the future of AI.

[ Stanford HAI ]


Children’s commissioner: pornography affects the behavior of 8-year-olds



Schools need to improve education and parents need to set boundaries, says the children’s commissioner.

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DRAM and SSDs will continue to fall in price in the coming months



Why is it important: It appears that the post-lockdown hardware industry hangover will last for some time, and this will lead to further drops in the prices of DRAM and NAND chips in the coming months. Memory manufacturers are still struggling to address oversupply issues, so DDR4 memory and SSDs may soon become more affordable for gamers on a budget.

Back in March, we learned that by the end of 2022, the global DRAM market revenue had hit a 2008 low. This has prompted companies such as SK Hynix, Micron, Nanya and others to speed up their layoff plans and look for ways to cut manufacturing costs. Market leader Samsung’s profits have all but evaporated in recent months as demand for memory chips has remained low and many people have limited their spending on PC and phone upgrades.

SK Hynix, which supplies Apple’s memory chips, believes that $160 billion the global memory industry should gradually recover in the second half of this year, helped by China’s recovery and the generative AI race. Samsung is also optimistic, but at the same time it has made the rare decision to cut memory production to a “meaningful level”, hoping to correct the oversupply problem and prevent further price drops.

This has had little effect on OEM stock, but it looks like the memory market hasn’t bottomed out yet. In accordance with Trendforce Analysts expect the average selling price of DRAM products to drop by 13-18 percent by the end of June. NAND memory prices are expected to fall by 8-13%.

Zooming in, we see that PC makers still have ample supply of DDR4 memory, and this is an area where we could see significant discounts in the coming months. It’s a different story with DDR5, as supplies are much more limited, in no small part due to PMIC compatibility issues. Overall, the average PC DRAM price could drop by 15-20%, which is great news for PC builders.

Read also: DDR4 vs DDR5: The best memory for PC gaming

Smartphone makers have done a better job of cleaning up excess memory inventory, but they are using the context of low consumer demand for phone upgrades to negotiate lower prices for new DRAM and NAND orders. This is expected to result in price cuts of 13-18% for mobile DRAM and 10-15% for UFS chips.

China’s slow recovery and overall slowdown in server demand has fueled an oversupply of enterprise SSDs, meaning the average selling price will drop by up to 15 percent in the coming months. The same is true for consumer SSDs, and we’ve already seen this reflected in prices for both PCs and consoles.

However, companies such as Fison believe that there is not much room for further price cuts, and that some SSD manufacturers could go bankrupt if they decide to sell devices below cost while demand remains low.

Head credit: Andrey Matveev

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Ars online roundtable on IT: What’s in store for the data center in the future?



If you work in IT, you probably remember the first time you got into a real data center – not just a server cabinet, but a real raised floor. data centerswhere the door slams open in a blast of cold air and noise and you’re faced with rows and rows of racks, solid and gray, stuffed with servers with squealing cooling fans and flashing lights flashing like crazy. The data center is the place where cool stuff there are pizza boxes, blade servers, NAS and SAN. Some of its inhabitants are more exotic – big iron in all its massive forms, from the Z-series to the Superdome and everything in between.

For decades, data centers have been the heart of many businesses—fortified secret rooms where huge sums of capital are stored, busily turning electricity into revenue. And sometimes they are also a place where IT pros can hide – it’s kind of a joke that whenever a user you don’t want to see roams the IT floor, your best bet is to avoid contact with them. data center and wait for them to disappear. (But I never did. I promise.)

But over the past few years, there have been major changes in the relationship between companies and their data, as well as in the places where this data is stored. Of course, having your own servers and storage is always convenient, but why tie up all that capital if it’s not necessary? Why not just go to the cloud buffet and pay for what you want to eat and nothing else?

Some companies will always have some reason to set up data centers – the cloud, as attractive as it is, can’t do everything. (At least not yet.) But the list of objections to going outside for your computing needs is rapidly shrinking, and we’re going to talk a bit about what’s next.

The event has ended! Thanks to everyone who sent in questions.

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