Video Friday: NASA Is Sending This Flying Robot to Saturn’s Moon Titan

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): MARSS 2019 – July 1-5, 2019 – Helsinki, Finland ICRES 2019 – July 29-30, 2019 – London, UK DARPA SubT Tunnel Circuit – August 15-22, 2019 – Pittsburgh, PA, USA Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

AI Job Market Cools Off to a Steady Boil

Employers are hiring more AI experts than last year, but the AI job market isn’t growing as quickly as it once was Huge shortages, astronomical salaries, raids on engineering departments at universities—this has been the state of the job market for AI and machine learning experts for the past few years. And with AI technology finding use in new industries almost daily, it seemed demand for AI and machine learning expertise would never slack. But has it? Job search site Indeed looked for the answer to that question in its annual review of AI job postings. And Indeed concluded that it just might be seeing a slowdown—that is, if you call 29 percent growth a slowdown. The number of AI jobs listed on the site from May 2018 to May 2019 increased by 29 percent over the same period a year earlier. But that’s significantly less than the increase in the Continue reading AI Job Market Cools Off to a Steady Boil

Drag-and-drop data analytics

In the Iron Man movies, Tony Stark uses a holographic computer to project 3-D data into thin air, manipulate them with his hands, and find fixes to his superhero troubles. In the same vein, researchers from MIT and Brown University have now developed a system for interactive data analytics that runs on touchscreens and lets everyone — not just billionaire tech geniuses — tackle real-world issues. For years, the researchers have been developing an interactive data-science system called Northstar, which runs in the cloud but has an interface that supports any touchscreen device, including smartphones and large interactive whiteboards. Users feed the system datasets, and manipulate, combine, and extract features on a user-friendly interface, using their fingers or a digital pen, to uncover trends and patterns. In a paper being presented at the ACM SIGMOD conference, the researchers detail a new component of Northstar, called VDS for “virtual data scientist,” that Continue reading Drag-and-drop data analytics