Issue #114

This week – Korea takes first step to introduce ‘robot tax’; first genetically engineered salmon sold in Canada; a robot falls off the stage; ethics of immortality; and more!


More than a human

Researchers Designed a Graphene-Based Electronic Tattoo That Can Monitor Your Health

Researchers have used graphene to create ultra-thin tattoos that function like wearable electronic devices. These graphene tattoos can take the place of traditional biomedical wearables like heart monitors and provide higher quality data.

 

What Are the Ethical Consequences of Immortality Technology?

This article looks closely at two hypothetical options for achieving immortality that have so far attracted the most interest and attention: rejuvenation technology, and mind uploading, and checks what can go wrong with them from the ethical point of view.

 

Brain Augmentation: How Scientists Are Working To Create Cyborg Humans With Super Intelligence

Brain augmentation comes to Newsweek. The good thing is that they brought in scientists that published a collection of articles on current brain augmentation, future proposals and the ethical and legal implications the topic raises to discuss the technology, where it is now and what it could allow us to do.

 

Artificial Intelligence

Stop Button Solution? – Computerphile

After seemingly insurmountable issues with Artificial General Intelligence, Rob Miles takes a look at a promising solution: Cooperative Inverse Reinforcement Learning.

 

DeepMind and Blizzard open StarCraft II as an AI research environment

DeepMind teamed up with Blizzard and released tools for everyone to build their AIs to play StarCraft II. Included are not only the APIs for AI to interact with the game but also datasets of game replays for initial training of the AIs.

 

Robotics

Korea takes first step to introduce ‘robot tax’

Bill Gates popularized the idea of taxing robots to fund social programs helping those who lose their jobs due to automation. Now, South Korea’s government is considering practical implementation of that idea.

 

To Design the Perfect Drone, Follow Nature’s Lead

Nature has found some elegant solutions to complicated problems and engineers have long been inspired by its designs. But Adrian Thomas from Animal Dynamics thinks translating the best of nature’s discoveries into man-made devices requires the ability to step back and see the context.

 

Robots to replace Disneyland Actors

Disney plans to replace actors in Disneyland with soft robots be able to mimic movements of an animated character.

 

A Boston Dynamics Robot Fell Off A Stage, And The Audience Loved It

You can laugh, humanity, but soon the robots will master the complicated art of leaving the stage with dignity!

 

Biotechnology

Synthetic Biology Creates Living Computers

Arizona State University study shows how AND, OR, and NOT gates are possible and shows practical applications with four-input AND gates and six-input OR gates using living cells.

 

First genetically engineered salmon sold in Canada

Genetically engineered salmon has reached the dinner table. AquaBounty Technologies, the company that developed the fish, announced on 4 August that it has sold some 4.5 tonnes of its hotly debated product to customers in Canada. The fish is engineered to grow faster than its non-genetically modified counterpart, reaching market size in roughly half the time — about 18 months.