Silicon Valley — The award for the Most Innovative Company in the Draper Venture Network was given to Neurala here today at the Draper CEO Summit. Neurala was named as the leading company enabling groundbreaking changes in the industry. The Network has member funds operating in 30 cities across 4 continents. More than 600 portfolio companies were eligible to […]
For several years now, we at Neurala have eagerly awaited the release of a consumer drone that is capable of true autonomous flight without expensive hardware add-ons. Our vision to empower drones to work and play alongside humans without requiring step-by-step control could only be realized with a new class of drone. Powerful processors and intelligent […]
The U.S. Patent Office issued to Neurala, Inc. a new patent (US 9,189,828) that extends the US patent 8,648,867 (Graphic Processor Based Accelerator System and Method) into the domain of real-time control of autonomous machines, such as self-driving cars and drones. While the prior patent covered hardware and software “controllers” that handle most of the […]
There are three main ingredients needed for intelligent robots to be ubiquitous, smart, and useful. I like to call these three ingredients Mind, Brain, and Body. Let’s look at how these three enabling technology have evolved, and why the time is now for the emergent of intelligent machines.
When designing robotic platforms, the choice of which sensors to employ is a key area that often determines the Go/No-Go for a robotic platform. This is because the cost of sensors is a huge component of the total cost of robots, and the main challenge in front of effective commercialization of consumer robotic platforms and […]
Anniversaries are nice, especially in December! So here is one to share with you all: it has been 10 years since Anatoli, Heather, and Max (the 3 co-founders of Neurala) begun tinkering with GPUs and Deep Learning, setting the foundations of Neurala while getting their Ph.D at Boston University. This post is a re-publication of […]
A few years ago, Heather’s, Anatoli, and myself started Neurala with one goal: bring the results and insights of our Ph.D. work on brain-inspired computing into everyday technology. We wanted this technology to change the way society uses and benefits from machines: rather than each device needing 1 human brain to work, we wanted it […]
One of the pillars of the recent success (almost viral) of Deep Networks, a subspecies of the bigger class called Neural Networks, is that their execution and training methods are highly conducive to parallelism. The term GPGPU is often use to refer to the backbone of the revolution: General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units. GPUs, […]
What is REALLY a robot? On the surface, we could quickly define a robot as something matching what movies have taught us: a humanoid-looking thing (or barrel-looking thing with wheels), preferably with two eyes, or only one but very big, scary, and red, emitting human-like sounds. Something that could pass the Turing test, or get […]
What if having human, or even superhuman Artificial Intelligence (let’s call it SuperAI) would turn out NOT to be the worst nightmare of humankind? What if, after dogs, SuperAI is the biggest friend of Homo Sapiens? We have all seen movies in which AI turns against humans, with robots ranging from the ‘ethereal’ (was it […]
Neurala has been awarded a contract from the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) to design and field neuromorphic algorithms for multimodal processing and fusion. Sensory processing of visual, auditory, and other sensor information (e.g., LIDAR, RADAR) is conventionally based on “stovepiped”, or isolated processing, with little interactions between modules. In biological systems, on the other […]
Robots do not see like humans. Humans do not process the detail of entire images the way a computer does today: they rapidly move their eyes around (“saccade”) to spot items that are of interest, while most computer-based image processing systems process the entire image at equal resolution, as if “every pixel counts”.
The school year has begun and the streets outside of our Neurala offices on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston are filled with eager students starting their first day of classes. But, with the excitement, we need to say goodbye to our wonderful interns who worked with us on developing robotics hardware and software. The MassTech Intern […]
If an alien watched TV before invading Earth, it would think that the world was full of robots. In reality, today’s robots are still too stupid to be let loose. If the programming isn’t right, robots will keep making the same mistakes until their batteries run out. We would be looking over our shoulder because […]
If pilots can train in flight simulators, why can’t robots? People learn from experience and become better at flying and avoiding collisions. Neurala is using its bio-inspired intelligence engine to make better robot pilots – and better collision avoidance systems for drone aircraft (UAVs), driverless cars and telepresence robots – by giving them experience with […]
[av_video src=’http://youtu.be/YFbxeneGJ1M?autoplay=1′ format=’16-9′ width=’16’ height=’9′] What will it take to get robots out of YouTube and into our day to day lives? Max Versace, CEO of Neurala, talks about the state of the art in robotic bodies, brains and minds. He says that in just a few years, it will be robotic intelligence that will […]
When you look down your street, you may notice that “your eye is drawn to something.” This expression is very apt. Humans do not process the detail of entire images the way a computer does today. Humans rapidly move their eyes around (“saccade”) to spot items that are of interest. Our focus is “drawn” to […]
Visualize what your first personal or office service robot will look like. What do you imagine? Depending upon your age, you may think of Rosie Jetson, C-3PO or even Bender. (Greatest TV Robots of All Time.) Your service robot is coming, but it won’t look like any of the robots in the image above. Instead, […]
Where are all the robots? We see robots in factory assembling lines, cleaning our floors, and assisting in surgery. Cars and airplanes are also becoming more robotic…. When you go to a car dealer, the average sedan is loaded with a bunch of sensors that a few years ago could only be found in high-end robots. And […]
The iRobot Roomba cleaning robots is still the most famous, and probably widespread robot in the world. Roomba is not exactly the robot many of us would have expected to keep the best selling position in the robotic industry for so many years. Who is next?
Is the era of passionate, flesh-and-bones explorers like Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, all the way down to their modern counterparts Neil Armstrong, over once and for all? Are human explorers just not “sturdy” enough to face the hurdles of modern space exploration? May be yes, but with a twist. A recent articles in Wired, “Almost Being […]
GEEK is an American print magazine launched in 2006. According to their description, GEEK is “a lifestyle magazine for geeks of every kind”. Their February edition features a broad-band interview between me (Max, Neurala’s CEO) and Matt Casey in topics ranging from robotics cutting edge technology, to robotics ethics,… to sci-fi movies. The article can be found here. Not […]
This video further illustrates how optic flow information can be extracted by a simulated Mars rover moving in a simulated Mars virtual. The work, sponsored by NASA and realized by Neurala (www.neurala.com) and the CELEST Neuromorphics Lab (nl.bu.edu), shows how the movement of a simulated robot with respect to its environment produces important clues in […]
One way in which robots will become more commonplace in our homes and working environments is by making them cheaper than today’s. One of the most expensive components in a robot are actuators such as arms, which require often costly, complicated, and power-hungry designs.
Future Tense is a series of documentaries exploring cutting-edge technologies that will dramatically change the world we live in. The July 1st, 2012 episode was focused on Artificial Intelligence. The documentary prominently features Max Verasce , Neurala’s CEO. Watch the trailer here and the episode below.