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Diligent Robotics Bringing Autonomous Mobile Manipulation to Hospitals

Diligent Robotics Bringing Autonomous Mobile Manipulation to Hospitals

Autonomous mobile manipulation in semi-structured environments is a difficult challenge, but one startup has been making progress testing a robot that collaboratively works alongside humans in environments designed for humans. Meet Poli, a one-armed mobile robot, whose purpose is to help nurses in hospitals with simple fetching tasks, such as gathering supplies and navigating busy hallways... without running anyone over.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum.

Feature Article

Three New IEEE Standards for Making Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Safer

Three New IEEE Standards for Making Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Safer

IEEE Standards Association has been working on the latest additions to the IEEE P7000 standards family, which cover fail-safe designs and address the subtle ways that robots can influence human behavior. The standards are inspired by work being done by the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

Read more at The Institute.

Technology Spotlight

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems: Why Principles Matter

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems: Why Principles Matter

"In this article, we trace the development of general principles for artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems, from Asimov to the current time, and the standards that are now emerging from those principles. In the context of this article a general principle is defined simply as a rule, or guide to action, which embodies an underlying ethical principle."

Read more in the IEEE Future Directions Tech Policy & Ethics Newsletter.