The hottest Robotics Substack posts right now

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Construction Physics • 18999 implied HN points • 10 Jan 24
  1. Industrial robots have become more cost-effective over time, making them more accessible for various applications.
  2. Advances in industrial robots have led to significant improvements in precision and smooth, continuous motion capabilities.
  3. There has been a trend towards standard robotic architectures, with modern robots primarily consisting of robotic arms with electric drives and servo motors.
Faster, Please! • 1005 implied HN points • 24 Feb 24
  1. America's return to the Moon was achieved by a private company, Intuitive Machines, marking a significant milestone since Apollo 17 in 1972.
  2. Despite landing challenges, NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative with private companies like Intuitive Machines shows promise for the future of lunar missions.
  3. The possibility of NASA partnering with private companies for lunar missions can lead to cost-effective space travel and accelerated technological advancements similar to those depicted in sci-fi series like For All Mankind.
Faster, Please! • 1736 implied HN points • 11 Jan 24
  1. An economic super-boom requires humanoid robots, not just human-level AI.
  2. To achieve exponential economic growth, automation of tasks and idea production is crucial.
  3. Advances in generative AI are beneficial, but physical interaction data is necessary for real-world robotics development.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion • 642 implied HN points • 05 Mar 24
  1. Brett Adcock's humanoid robot company aims to replace human workers in warehouses with subscription-based robots that can work 20 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  2. Figure AI collaborates with OpenAI to combine robotics and AI, aiming to create 'embodied AI' by leveraging OpenAI's strengths in language models and Figure's expertise in robotics.
  3. Adcock positions Figure AI to compete with Elon Musk's humanoid robotics effort 'Optimus' and dismisses other competitors due to limitations in hardware or software capabilities.
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Links I Would Gchat You If We Were Friends • 758 implied HN points • 17 Feb 24
  1. Some people experience real grief when a virtual relationship ends or changes, even with AI companions.
  2. AI companion apps like Replika, Kindroid, and allow users to form personalized relationships with customized bots, blurring the line between human and AI relationships.
  3. The concept of disenfranchised grief applies to loss experienced in virtual relationships, with individuals forming deep emotional connections to AI companions.
AI Supremacy • 1120 implied HN points • 12 Jan 24
  1. The author is launching a new robotics newsletter called 'OK, Robot' and is deeply interested in robotics coverage.
  2. The newsletter will cover a wide range of topics in robotics including robotics startups, AI gadgets, drones, and more.
  3. The target audience for the newsletter includes those interested in emerging technology, robotics news, and advancements in automation.
Ulysses • 619 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. The relationship between return-seeking capital and new technology development creates cycles that go from early adoption to commodity status, setting the stage for the next wave of technological innovation.
  2. Software in the SaaS sector is moving towards commodification, freeing up resources for progressing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, and space innovations.
  3. Advancements in robotics, biotech, accelerated design and manufacturing, and space technology are being driven by the commodification of software intelligence, leading to a new Golden Age of innovation in various industries.
How They Make Money • 628 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. Elon Musk envisions Tesla becoming the most valuable company in the world, emphasizing the need for flawless execution.
  2. Elon Musk wants to increase his voting control at Tesla to focus on expanding AI and robotics initiatives.
  3. Tesla's recent earnings report highlights challenges such as missed expectations in Q4 FY23 and a slowdown in vehicle sales, along with key financial metrics like revenue growth and margin trends.
TheSequence • 693 implied HN points • 07 Jan 24
  1. Advancements in foundation models like language and computer vision are shaping a new era of robotic applications.
  2. Google DeepMind introduced innovative methods like AutoRT and SARA-RT to enhance robotic actions using vision-language models.
  3. The integration of foundation models in image, language, and video is accelerating robotics to new levels of efficiency.
AI Supremacy • 432 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. The author is analyzing and tracking emerging and exponential technology, particularly artificial intelligence.
  2. The newsletters cover various topics such as startups, AI, robotics, quantum computing, and innovation.
  3. There are special offers available for full access to the newsletters with discounts for subscription.
Last Week in AI • 393 implied HN points • 15 Jan 24
  1. Rabbit released R1, an AI gadget controlling apps through voice and images.
  2. AI system surpasses doctors in diagnostic conversations using large language models.
  3. OpenAI launched GPT Store, where users can share custom chatbots.
In My Tribe • 136 implied HN points • 06 Mar 24
  1. Chatbots like Gemini can reflect biases based on data sources - having diverse datasets can prevent skewed outcomes.
  2. Human brains and Large Language Models (LLMs) share similarities in predicting and processing information.
  3. AI assistants like Klarna's are proving effective in handling customer service inquiries, improving efficiency, and customer experience.
Philosophy bear • 90 implied HN points • 16 Mar 24
  1. Comparative advantage theory doesn't guarantee that humans will always have jobs, even if robots are better at everything.
  2. In a world where robots excel at tasks, they will specialize in areas of greater efficiency, leaving tasks with smaller disadvantages for humans.
  3. Human labor being displaced by machines poses challenges, and comparative advantage alone may not ensure employment for humans in all scenarios.
Democratizing Automation • 209 implied HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. Model merging is a way to blend two model weights to create a new model, useful for experimenting with large language models.
  2. Model merging is popular in creating anime models by merging Stable Diffusion variants, allowing for unique artistic results.
  3. Weight averaging techniques in model merging aim to find more robust solutions by creating models centered in flat regions of the loss landscape.
Startup Pirate by Alex Alexakis • 176 implied HN points • 09 Feb 24
  1. Robotics is advancing rapidly, from cooking shrimp to automating tasks like folding laundry and making coffee.
  2. General Robotic Intelligence (GRI) is still missing, but platforms are being developed to enable robots to perform complex tasks in dynamic environments.
  3. Companies are working to make robotics accessible to small and medium-sized businesses, enabling them to automate tasks and stay competitive.
Not Boring by Packy McCormick • 95 implied HN points • 01 Mar 24
  1. The House approved a bipartisan bill to boost nuclear energy, aiming for efficient licensing and embracing advanced nuclear technologies.
  2. Figure, a robotics firm, secured a $675 million Series B, valued at $2.6 billion, and is collaborating with OpenAI to develop humanoid robots.
  3. Astro Mechanica introduced the world's first electric-adaptive jet engine, promising efficient operations for payloads, revolutionizing space transportation.
AI Prospects: Toward Global Goal Convergence • 1 HN point • 21 May 24
  1. AI and robotics will transform manufacturing by scaling production, reducing costs, and increasing possibilities.
  2. Humanoid robots are not practical for manufacturing due to cost, clumsiness, and inefficiency compared to specialized machines.
  3. Automation in mass production focuses on designing and constructing machines efficiently, with AI playing a key role in breaking production bottlenecks.
Artificial Ignorance • 42 implied HN points • 15 Mar 24
  1. Capable autonomous agents are an upcoming frontier in AI, with Devin showcasing potential in software development and SIMA displaying versatility in video games.
  2. OpenAI's board expands with new members, and the company makes strides in partnerships and technology development.
  3. Global concerns arise around the use of AI for bioweapons, leading to agreements to prevent misuse, alongside AI-related vulnerabilities and challenges in AI governance.
Martin’s Newsletter • 569 implied HN points • 10 Jul 23
  1. The post includes a list of 1300 AI companies and 900 AI investors along with the top 50 companies by valuation.
  2. The author shares their personal 'Top 50' AI companies that reflect their personal interests and preferences.
  3. OpenAI is highlighted as a company with the potential to become a $1 trillion company due to talent, management, and the ability to put out better products faster than the competition.
Not Boring by Packy McCormick • 232 implied HN points • 08 Nov 23
  1. Tech is going to expand significantly as energy, intelligence, and labor become cheaper and more abundant.
  2. Tech companies will grow larger due to their ability to provide scalable intelligence and dexterity services to various industries.
  3. Every market will start to resemble a software market with lower costs, higher margins, and increased R&D investments.
New World Same Humans • 85 implied HN points • 17 Jan 24
  1. Generative AI is set to impact the real economy in 2024, with a focus on automating knowledge worker tasks.
  2. 2024 will see a historic year for global democracy, with tensions rising around deepfake technologies in elections.
  3. Mainstream adoption of blockchain technology is expected to reshape societies with decentralization and innovation.
philsiarri • 22 implied HN points • 18 Mar 24
  1. Researchers developed an artificial neural network that can understand tasks based on instructions and describe them in language to other AI systems.
  2. The AI model S-Bert, with 300 million artificial neurons, was enhanced to simulate brain regions involved in language processing, achieving linguistic communication between AI systems.
  3. This breakthrough enables machines to communicate using language, paving the way for collaborative interactions in robotics.
AI Brews • 17 implied HN points • 15 Mar 24
  1. DeepSeek-VL is a new vision-language model for real-world applications with competitive performance.
  2. Cognition Labs introduces Devin, the first fully autonomous AI software engineer, capable of learning, building, and deploying apps.
  3. The European Parliament approved the Artificial Intelligence Act, which bans certain AI applications including biometric categorization and emotion recognition in specific contexts.
Robots for the Rest of Us • 39 implied HN points • 21 Jan 24
  1. AI's growth will demand a huge amount of energy, requiring revolutionary advancements like nuclear fusion.
  2. Humanoid robots being tested at BMW showcase potential, but they're not infallible and face challenges.
  3. Concerns arise about technology worsening products over time, potentially impacting jobs and quality, urging caution in AI deployment.
Dr. Pippa's Pen & Podcast • 19 implied HN points • 01 Mar 24
  1. In space, there's a focus on growing tissue and organs, potentially improving human health on Earth.
  2. The low gravity of the moon makes it an ideal spot for launching missions and building structures using autonomous robotics.
  3. Investors are keen on AI-led robotics for space exploration, aiming to achieve human-level perception and judgment for robots.
Last Week in AI • 176 implied HN points • 03 Jul 23
  1. OpenAI is facing a class action lawsuit over data usage, highlighting the need for clearer regulations in AI development.
  2. NASA is exploring AI interfaces for spaceships, allowing for natural language interactions and collaborative learning for astronauts.
  3. OpenAI plans to create a 'supersmart personal assistant for work,' potentially entering into competition with Microsoft and its customers.
New World Same Humans • 22 implied HN points • 20 Dec 23
  1. The Monthly Salon is a space for community discussions on trends, technology, and society.
  2. 2023 has been dominated by machine intelligence advances and 2024 will see further developments in AI and humanoid robots.
  3. The upcoming year holds significant developments like the first private moon landing and the potential impact on human labor.