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Technobyte: It's all about robots

On Sunday 16 October, teams from townships and private high schools will be vying for top honours with robots they built and programmed in the first AfrikaBot competition.

It is a robotics challenge hosted by the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE).

There is also a category for engineering undergraduate teams. AfrikaBot has been billed as ‘the world’s most affordable robotics competition’.

The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) TechnoLab, which falls under the School of Electrical Engineering, has reduced the cost of getting involved in robotics for disadvantaged teenagers without any compromise in quality. The teenagers build the robot themselves rather than simply importing a complete robot.

The first AfrikaBot competition takes place at Zwartkops International Raceway near Centurion. In the AfrikaBot 2016 challenge robots have to make their way through a maze autonomously, that is without wireless control, as is accepted practice in many high profile international robotics competitions.

roboscience.co.za

What happens when Charlie Rose attempts to interview a robot named "Sophia" for his 60 Minutes report on artificial intelligence.

Rose interviewed the human-like machine for this week’s two-part 60 Minutes piece on artificial intelligence, or A.I.

In their exchange, excerpted in the clip above, Rose seems to approach the conversation with the same seriousness and curiosity he would bring to any interview.

www.cbsnews.com

Major technology firms are racing to infuse smartphones and other internet-linked devices with software smarts that help them think like people.

The effort is seen as an evolution in computing that allows users to interact with machines in natural conversation style, telling devices to tend to tasks such as ordering goods, checking traffic, making restaurant reservations or searching for information.

The artificial intelligence (AI) component in these programs aims to make create a world in which everyone can have a virtual aide that gets to know them better with each interaction.

phys.org

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