The Most Advanced Robots in 2018

We live in the age of robots. Artificial intelligence is developing ever more rapidly. Here is the list of the most advanced robots at the time this article was written.

Agility Robotics’ Cassie

Cassie is a bipedal robot with no arms that can walk and run. Designing a two-legged robot is more complicated than creating a robot that uses four legs because a bipedal robot can lose balance much more easily. Cassie is a prototype for the future robot that will have arms as well.

The reason why the company is building them like this is that they want to build robots that can easily navigate the same environment as people. This should make the transport of packages from delivery truck to customers’ doorstep much easier.

Cassie is currently sold to researchers in robotics and one of their first customers is MIT.

NASA’s Valkyrie

This “superhero” Android looks like it came straight out of Star Wars. It is strong, completely self-contained, it boasts 44 degrees of freedom, a 2kW battery stored in its backpack and cameras in its head, chest, forearms, knees, and feet. Its purpose? To send robots to scout and prepare the way to Mars ahead of human astronauts.

Honda’s Asimo

The most advanced robot in terms of human interaction so far, Asimo was unveiled in 2000, after decades of development. Asimo is the first bipedal robot and it can perform some pretty advanced functions, such as walking up and downstairs, standing on one leg, kicking a ball and jumping. In terms of intelligence, Asimo can recognize voice commands, faces and gestures and respond to them appropriately. Designed to be an assistance and nursing robot, Asimo has 14 degrees of freedom in its arms and additional 4 DOF in its hands. Moreover, it has five fingers with opposable thumbs, allowing it to carry a tray, push a cart, turn on light switches, open doors and more.

It is four feet three inches tall, enabling it to navigate home or the office and operate in a human environment. It can move autonomously, avoid obstacles, and recognize moving objects.

Honda recently announced that it won’t produce Asimo anymore, but it will use the technology to develop four new helper robots.

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Spot Mini

These robots have the most advanced movement in the industry.

Atlas, first released in 2013, is a bipedal six-foot humanoid robot that can navigate uneven natural terrain without losing balance, and manipulate its environment, e.g. lift and move packages. In terms of movement, it has a number of advanced functions. If it falls down, it can lift itself up, if it drops the package it can track it and lift it again. It can also open doors, run and jump over obstacles and even do backflips!

Spot Mini is a four-legged robotic dog that can smoothly walk and run in obstacle-laden environments, climb the stairs, pick up and relocate objects. Primarily intended for military purposes one of its main applications in the future is for security.

Economic Influence of Online Casinos in the UK

Gambling industry in the UK, as well as globally, is undergoing a shift towards online gambling, as land-based casinos attendance continues to drop. The main reason for this is that online casinos are more accessible: you can gamble whenever and wherever you are, provided you have a PC, tablet, or a phone and an internet connection. The staggering growth of online gambling in the UK was enabled by the liberalization of gambling laws in the Gambling Act 2005, which legalized online gambling.

Gross gambling yield in the UK reached £13.8bn in September 2016, a 65% increase compared to £8.36bn in April 2008, mostly thanks to online gambling, FOBTs and National Lottery.

Currently, online gambling makes up for more than a third of the industry’s income in the UK and has reached £4.5 billion last year. In comparison, the income from remote betting was only £817m in 2009. The most popular type of online gambling are online slots, amounting to around £1.8 billion of total income.

The most immediate positive effect on the economy is through taxes: as online gambling is growing, so is the amount the companies are paying to the Treasury. Also, the gambling industry is creating more and more jobs, as new startups continue to pop up.

The main negative effect on the economy is an overall increase in risky gambling behaviour, leading to more people losing money and suffering consequences of gambling addiction. This might also lead to a bigger demand for state-funded gambling rehab programs since people with lower levels of income are generally those most exposed to risk. Also, the demographics of gamblers is shifting to include more young people and there has been a 5% increase in gambling among 16- to 24-year-olds and a 10% increase among 25- to 34 year-olds.

This, together with the bad reputation of gambling as problematic behaviour, might lead UK authorities to turn against the online gambling, but bookmakers’ associations are warning that restricting the industry would cause thousands of jobs to be lost, in a move that would cost the Treasury billions of pounds.

With so many online startups, the competition is fierce, making the market riskier for investments. More than ever, casinos must stand out and offer fair deals to customers. The awareness is increasing about the importance of responsible gambling, and casinos often advocate for it themselves. Thus, the effects of gambling liberalization might not be as catastrophic as gambling opponents are predicting.

Although there are some downsides to it, the online gambling industry is expected to keep growing. Teaching people how to gamble responsibly should be the top priority of both the gambling companies and the government.    

Does VR Have a Future in Online Gambling?

VR casinos are slowly making their way to the mainstream of the gambling industry.

Currently, there are not many VR casinos that let players gamble with real money, but we can expect more of them very soon. 2016 report by Juniper predicts that the total amount of bets in VR casinos will reach $520 million by 2021, amounting to an 800 per cent rise over the next few years. In comparison, in 2016 total amount of bets in VR casinos was $58.5 million. Even for sports betting the virtual sports market is on the rise, with the Mobilebet voucher code making it easier than ever to start the process. Early adopters are expected to be millennials, high rollers, with advanced VR headsets or smartphone-based ones.

Some online casinos, like SlotsMillions, already made first steps by offering gambling on virtual slots. You can walk around their virtual casino freely, experience incredibly realistic environment, sit in the lounge, see other players, and try one of a dozen slots currently on offer either in VR or in 3D mode. Top developers like NetEnt and Microgaming are already investing in this new market and have created VR versions of their most popular slots, that you can try out at SlotsMillions. All you need for the VR experience is to plug in a VR headset. You won’t be able to gamble with real money at the moment, because SlotsMillions are currently developing a new platform for this purpose.

Why would anyone want to gamble in a VR casino, rather than at a regular online or land-based casino? The main reason is that VR gives online gamblers what they were lacking before, an experience of being at an actual casino, from the comfort of their home. The social factor is also significant because VR enables players to interact with each other in a more lifelike manner. One could say that a VR casino is the next best thing to visiting the real one, but in some ways VR casinos can offer even more than real ones. What if you want to play poker in the Wild West or gamble in outer space? You could also give your avatar a cowboy hat, elf ears, or completely change your looks. In Social Club VR: Casino Nights you can play privately with friends and even challenge them for a fencing or a shooting match. The opportunities are countless.

VR holds promising prospects for casinos, as the entire gaming sector rapidly develops in that direction. There are already headsets that allow for a fully immersive experience, we can only expect the technology to improve in the following years. With VR market expected to reach over $50 billion by 2021, and as VR gaming platforms are already becoming more affordable, non-VR games might even become obsolete.

All things considered, the future is looking bright for VR online casinos.

Best Cryptocurrencies for Gambling Online

With every passing day, there are more cryptocurrencies coming out. One such currency is called Fun and it is dedicated to online gambling. This one has been in existence for a while, it is an RC20 token that came out of the Ethereum network and it is also based on Ethereum technology as well. While this is a specialized currency for a very specific purpose, others are broader and not for the specific purpose. Such a currency is Bitcoin.

Bitcoin

This is the most accepted cryptocurrency in the world. It is also the most recognizable. This is the first and leading currency among the other 1,600 who came after it. It was developed and put to work by a person or a team of people who call themselves Satoshi Nakamoto. It is for this reason that the pennies of a Bitcoin are called satoshies. Pennies for any other cryptocurrency are also called satoshies. With many exchanges around the world successfully accepting and trading Bitcoin, there is a lot of things you can buy with Bitcoin- from housing to food to cars (Lamborghini accepts Bitcoin) in all parts of the world. This currency is probably the safest to own because others might be less traceable, they are called privacy coins. You will find that the largest range of casinos and other gambling sites that give the best sign up offers accept Bitcoin the most.

Privacy Coins

These are the coins where any transaction cannot be linked to a person. In other words, you can never find out who sent money to who and how much. Such a currency is Monero, another is Zcash. Both are respected privacy currencies. These currencies exist because the people using them and maintaining them believe that your transactions should remain private. In the early days, Bitcoin was considered private but today it is only considered semi-private. This is because you can see all the transactions made since its inception in 2009. If you would want this bad enough, you could track every bitcoin as it changed hands over the years.

Downsides of Using a Cryptocurrency for Gambling

The price of cryptocurrencies can change in a matter of minutes. In hours they can double or triple their value, but they can also lose their value. For this reason, you should never invest more than you can afford to lose in cryptocurrencies. Nobody can guarantee the value of Bitcoin or any other currency unless they are specifically created to mimic real-life value. Such a currency as Tether- this currency is tied to the value of dollars. 1 Tether is 1 dollar and this value never changes. But Tether is not truly accepted on a lot of places, and as such, it’s not ideal to use for gambling or general use.

Positive Sites of Cryptocurrencies

Only you have the access to your funds. No bank or anybody else can take them away from you. You can also send them anywhere with a click of a button. Funds are almost instantly transferred for a minimal cost per transaction.

Smartphone Trends

There are always ways to improve upon and keep great updates for new phones to come. For instance, we can learn if an experiment on older phones were good and how much the customers liked them. If they did, they can keep using that strategy for better usage and even upgrade it to make it even better. This is why we always see better phones in the making each year, because they learn from past failings and successes. They always get better.

Bezel-less Trend

It may seem so little, but in fact, it makes everyone much happier. It’s where the phones no longer have a pointy edge, but trimmed. This way it doesn’t poke your hands while trying to hold it and it feels much better. It literally just sets itself in your hand almost perfectly. The screen looks much better and fluent too. This trend started in the year of 2016 – where phone screens get bigger and their edge is soft.

The Notch

You may think that this trend is quite annoying sometimes as anything on the screen would be, but it serves a genuine good purpose. That permanent piece of black that is definitely not part of your screen is your source of “TrueDepth” cameras that are what signifies the success for the facial I.D. to work. You can find this cool feature in the iPhone X and it lets you in only if you look into the camera. So you see, it will be locked until it can recognize your face.

Artificial Intelligence

Have you ever spoken to a robot on your phone that sounds vaguely like an absent-minded human being? That would be artificial intelligence. So instead of looking for things on your phone or on the internet by yourself, all you simply do is tell the phone what you are looking for. However, I haven’t been too impressed because usually the phone doesn’t hear me correctly or can’t find the specific subject I was looking for. If I have every single detail then yeah, sure, that could have made it but seeing as how it was probably less energy to just do it myself I don’t really bother with talking to the robot in my phone. The creators know that it has a long way to go before it’s smooth and with almost no complications, but they are getting there and within time they will. With more criticism and praise, this world will become more advanced.