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AI Video Competition Features Robots Plotting Against Humans, More

Watch the best videos from this artificial intelligence video competition

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AI Video Competition Features Robots Plotting Against Humans, More
“Excellent. If they get furloughed, we'll have the lab to ourselves.”
Image: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/YouTube

We thought about throwing all of these fantastic videos from the 2014 AAAI Video Competition into last week's Video Friday, but then decided that they deserved their own post. AAAI is the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, which held its annual conference late last month in Canada. According to the AAAI website, "the goal of the competition is to show the world how much fun AI is by documenting exciting artificial intelligence advances in research, education, and application." Fun? We like fun! SHOW US THE FUN.

The winners of the competition receive "Shakey" awards, honoring SRI's famous robot Shakey, which appeared in this video in 1969:

Do any of this year's AAAI video winners come anywhere close to this pioneering pink-hued video with its compelling soundtrack and long-haired researchers? You be the judge. [Spoilers: not a chance, because the sixties!]

 

Best Robot Video: How to Engineer a Dog

Marco Hutter, Mark Hoepflinger, Christian Gehring, Michael Bloesch, Mischa Kolbe, and Roland Siegwart
ASL, ETH Zurich

 

Best Short Video: Autonomous Social Head Gaze

Vasant Srinivasan, Zachary Henkel, and Robin R. Murphy
Texas A&M University

 

Most Entertaining Video: Overfitting: Machine Learning Music Video

Michael L. Littman, Charles Isbell, and Aaron Gross 
Brown University, Georgia Tech, Udacity

 

Best Student Video: Telepresence for People With Communication Impairment

Gyula Vörös, András Sárkány, András Németh, Anita Verő, Gyula Szaffner, and András Lőrincz
Eotvos Lorand University

 

My Personal Favorite: The Furlough Gambit

Anthony M. Harrison, Laura M. Hiatt, William L. Adams, Wallace E. Lawson, Sangeet S. Khemlani, Franklin P. Tamborello, Samuel N. Blissard, and J. Gregory Trafton
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

 

And a Couple More Because Why Not:

CoCoCo, Coffee Collecting Companion

Paul Hanzal, Anne Rubruck, Sohaib Younis, Sascha Winde, Azad Aminian, Jyothi Yalpi, Sathya Kuppusami, and Stefan Thomas
University of Hamburg

 

What's So Great About Autonomous Vehicles?

James Fu Guo Ming, Karl Damkjær Hansen, Riccardo Incaini, Volkan Sezer, Pedro Vaz Teixeira, Katarzyna Anna Marczuk, Scott Pendleton, Tawit Uthaicharoenpong, Marcello Scarnecchia, Chong Zhuang Jie, Thommen George Karimpanal, Valerio Varricchio, Qin Baoxing, Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Daniela Rus, Marcelo H. Jr Ang, and Emilio Frazzoli
SMART, AAU, NUS, MIT, UniPi, SUTD, CSIRO, ITU

 

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof
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In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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