Robots Learn Problem-Solving From IKEA Furniture-Building Simulations

In order for robots to service humans more broadly, they’re going to be required to master more complex tasks at smaller scales. Right now, many of the most effective robot assignments involve “muscle,” like moving large car parts from a conveyor belt to a model. Humans are always called in to complete the final touches, though. Researchers at University of Southern California thought of a …

Casper’s Insomnobot-3000 Will Text You When You Can’t Sleep

Casper wants to make us all sleep better with the help of their mattresses and linens, but evidently they understand that sometimes it’s impossible to snooze—so they built Insomnobot-3000. The chatbot will keep you entertained while you can’t sleep, texting with you in a similar way that you can presently converse with Siri. While more screen time is definitely not the best way to battle …

Symposium Stockholm 2016: Eugenia Kuyda

The founder of Luka, an artificial intelligence company, explains creating a chatbot to honor her best friend

When Eugenia Kuyda’s best friend Roman passed away last year, it was the first time the CEO of Luka lost someone so close—and she was unaccustomed to experiencing such grief. Luka, which Kuyda founded, is an artificial intelligence company that builds conversational bots, chatbots, and was the first company to publicly launch an English-speaking chatbot based on an artificial neural network. Roman was a start-up …