Updated with Google’s TensorFlow: Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, and Deep Learning

**Note: there are links all over this post. Every link is unique, even if it has the same words as the link. So, click away for some awesome additional information! Some are amazingly informative!** **Note #2: This is a work in progress. The amount of time this article took led me to simply provide links near the end rather than explaining what the links basically "said". I'm going to fine-tune this over time. This could actually become a book; I'd love to do it!** Artificial Intelligence (AI), Neural Networks and Deep Learning are fascinating topics to be sure. More interesting to me, however, answers the question "How did we get where we are today, and, where 'are we' today?" This post is about all 3 technologies, the pioneers that led to where we are today with these technologies, where we "are" today with these technologies; along with some correlations to one of my other favorite technologies, Augmented Reality. The most inspiring and persistent AI revolutionaries is a … [Read more...]

Google Leaves the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Robots, Robots, and More Robots!

Google's HRP-2 Schaft Robot

Google is thought by many to be the front-runner in robotics. The company's interest in robotics is huge indeed; it's in the "Robotics Business Review's Top 50 List" (RBR50). RBR50 is a list of the most influential pubic and private companies in the global robotics industry (quote from "About the RBR50"). In 2003 Google acquired seven (7) awesome and technologically diverse robotics companies: Boston Dynamics, Bot & Dolly, Holomni, Industrial Perception, Meka Robotics, Redwood Robotics, and Schaft, Inc. At the end of this post I'll add some cool videos about each company's robots. Google pulled its "Team Schaft" HRP-2 robot out of the Pentagon-funded DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). Although the 3-year competition is less than halfway finished, the Schaft robot was the obvious front-runner. Tokyo-based Schaft, Inc. was founded specifically to enter in the $2M DRC and easily won the qualifying event in 2013. However, now with Google owning Schaft, accepting money from the DoD … [Read more...]