This AI robot can recognize a ball from a baby

An undergraduate at Boston University has developed a robot with artificial intelligence that can move around without human direction and, most impressively, recognize what obstacle is sitting in front of it before steering around it. The engineering student, Emily Fitzgerald, built the two-foot-tall robot with a stack of hors d’oeuvre trays and put it on wheels. The robot’s smarts use a camera and a laptop sitting on top of the trays, which communicates with a desktop computer. The system lets the robot come upon an object and determine exactly what it is, whether it be a ball, a book, or a cone. Deep learning Fitzgerald explains that the robot uses the camera to snap a range of images of the object in front of it, and the laptop collects and…


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