AI Is Being Built on Dated, Flawed Motion-Capture Data

Diversity of thought in industrial design is crucial: If no one thinks to design a technology for multiple body types, people can get hurt. The invention of seatbelts is an oft-cited example of this phenomenon, as they were designed based on crash dummies that had traditionally male proportions, reflecting the bodies of the team members working on them.The same phenomenon is now at work in the field of motion-capture technology. Throughout history, scientists have endeavored to understand how the human body moves. But how do we define the human body? Decades ago many studies assessed “healthy male” subjects; others used surprising models like dismembered cadavers. Even now, some modern s..

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Video Friday: $2.6 Billion

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion. HRI 2024: 11–15 March 2024, BOULDER, COLORADO, USAEurobot Open 2024: 8–11 May 2024, LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, FRANCEICRA 2024: 13–17 May 2024, YOKOHAMA, JAPANRoboCup 2024: 17–22 July 2024, EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS Enjoy today’s videos! Figure has raised a $675 million Series B, valuing the company at $2.6 billion. [ Figure ] Meanwhile, here’s how things are going at Agility Robotics, whose last raise was a $150M Series B in April of 2022. [ Agility..

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The Download: tech help for herders, and bacteria clean-ups

This is today’s edition ofThe Download,our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Why shiny, high-tech solutions won’t solve one of Africa’s worst crises Herding— one of humanity’s most foundational ways of life—is a pillar of survival in West Africa’s Sahel. Migratory herders usher cattle between…

MIT Technology Review The Download: tech help for herders, and bacteria clean-ups