Nvidia Invests 0K in Trash-Collecting Robots

Much of what you throw away is valuable, and this start-up is training its robots to find it. A Spanish start-up that makes artificial intelligence software for waste-sorting robots won Nvidia’s Early Stage Challenge competition this week. The award comes with a relatively small $100,000 check, but it has helped identify and launch the trajectories of multiple successful AI and computer graphics companies in recent years, including Oculus. Sadako, this year’s winner, was founded in Barcelona in 2012 and writes AI programs for robots that perform “dirty jobs,” like sorting garbage at waste treatment facilities. The company’s YouTube video (below) demonstrates how its machine-learning software allows cameras to scan a conveyer belt of mixed garbage and detect small plastic water bottles for a robot to remove and recycle. The detection technology…

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