Issue #103

In this week’s issue – AlphaGo beats the world best Go player; Google has an AI to make AIs; the problem of consciousness; 3D printing organs; should robot pay taxes, and more!


Artificial Intelligence

Google’s AlphaGo AI wins three-match series against the world’s best Go player

Is anyone surprised? DeepMind’s AlphaGo won three out of five matches against Ke Jie, the world champion in Go.

 

Google’s New AI Is Better at Creating AI Than the Company’s Engineers

At its I/O ’17 conference this week, Google shared details of its AutoML project, an artificial intelligence that can assist in the creation of other AIs. By automating some of the complicated process, AutoML could make machine learning more accessible to non-experts. Or create Singularity, depending on your views.

 

New AI Mimics Any Voice in a Matter of Minutes

Lyrebird created a new speech synthesiser which needs just one-minute recording of someone’s voice to learn how to mimic that person. Impressive result, which is going to raise a lot of concerns about misusing this technology to create fake news.

 

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

When you speak about AI, you cannot avoid the problem of consciousness. This article explains one of the possible explanations of consciousness, called integrated information theory.

 

An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong

Soreer Gray. Sane Green. Dondarf. Bylfgoam Glosd. These are just a few examples of new paint colours generated by a neural network trained to create new colours and names for them.

 

Google Rattles the Tech World With a New AI Chip for All

In a move that could shift the course of multiple technology markets, Google will soon launch a cloud computing service that provides exclusive access to a new kind of artificial intelligence chip designed by its own engineers. TPU, as it is called, was designed not only to run trained neural networks but to train them as well. On top of that, access to such machines will be available via Google Cloud services for everyone to use them.

 

Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn’t immediately clear what actions might help it reach this goal.

 

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence through Deep Learning | Yoshua Bengio | TEDxMontreal

Here’sYoshua Bengio’s TEDx Talk, one of the creators of deep learning. How far are we towards the goal of achieving human-level AI? What are some of the main challenges ahead?

 

Robotics

Should Robots Pay Taxes?

Recently, Bill Gates proposed that robots should pay taxes. The idea is that by taxing robots employers will be more likely to hire humans. It should prevent making thousands of people suddenly unemployed, which with no doubt will cause massive social disruptions and increase inequalities. Others might say this tax will be an innovation tax, which will impact the research of new technologies. What do you think? Should robots pay taxes?

 

Biotechnology

3D printed ovaries restore fertility in mice

In this interesting study, researchers used 3D printing to create prosthetic ovaries made of gelatin that allowed mice to conceive and give birth to healthy offspring.

 

When will a 3D printer be able to print human organs?

When we solve the problem of generating massive networks of nerves and blood vessels, says this quick answer for a quick question on PopSci.

 

Robot hearts: medicine’s new frontier

This long read from The Guardian explores medicine’s long dream – the artificial hearts. We can make artificial heart valves and advances in tissue 3D printing are getting us closer to make artificial human hearts a reality.