This week – AI as a weapon; hard life as a robot at Boston Dynamics; new applications of CRISPR; BBC document on the quest for immortality; quantum AI papers from Google; and more!
More than a human
This documentary produced by BBC explores the possibility of extending human life. Gabriela Torres meets the self-experimenters and scientists, ranging from BioViva’s Elizabeth Parrish to scientists working at Google’s Calico, who are trying to dramatically extend our lives.
The ideas of transhumanism are finding their way into science fiction television series. Netflix’s newest series, Altered Carbon, is just yet another series exploring the topics of an intersection of humanity and technology. This story from Wired explores how TV series are using transhumanism and also gives a short history of the movement.
The ability to control the physical world with your mind using a brain-computer interface or a mind machine has traditionally been focused on health care, and more recently the gaming industry. Now, thanks to cutting-edge technology pioneered by Altran, these applications are set to transform the way man and machine communicate on the factory floor.
It is interesting to see an article on how we can become superhumans on New York Post. The article briefly explains three ways we can create superhumans – with advanced genetic engineering, AI and merging human body with machines.
Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said. The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, criminals and terrorists.
Here is a paper co-authored by researchers from OpenAI that forecasts how malicious actors could misuse AI technology, and potential ways we can prevent and mitigate these threats.
Nature can train an insect better and faster recognize odors than the current state of the art deep neural networks. AI researchers decided to take lessons from nature hoping that by creating neural network that simulates the way moths recognize odors they can learn how to make machines learn better.
Another prediction when Singularity is going to happen, this time by Jürgen Schmidhuber who is considered by some as the “father of artificial intelligence”.
Here are all the publicly available papers from Google research teams trying to combine quantum computing with artificial intelligence.
Once again, at Boston Dynamics, a robot wants to do something but a pesky human thinks it will be funny to interrupt and make robot’s life harder.
After so many near misses, it looks like it had finally happened. A helicopter’s crash landing in South Carolina, USA, may have been triggered by a civilian drone, which would make it the first drone-related crash of an aircraft in the US. The incident involved a student pilot and an instructor, both of whom told that a small drone appeared directly in front of them. The instructor took over the controls and attempted to avoid a collision, and the tail of the helicopter hit a tree or brush, triggering a crash landing.
Yandex, the Russian search engine giant, joins Google and Baidu and shows its own self-driving car. Unlike Google and Baidu, Yandex’s car had an extra challenge – it had to navigate in the snow, which is not an easy task for a self-driving car.
At the on-going Munich Security Conference, the head of Germany’s cyber command group said his country will never use “killer robots.” However, he made it clear that the German military is not simply choosing not to engage with the issue, but is prepared to defend the country against potential attacks carried out by foreign remote weapons.
Recently, scientists have begun exploring new uses for CRISPR, like DNA detective to identify snippets of DNA that might signal a viral infections, cancer, or even defective genes. Another team used CRISPR to locate tumor DNA in blood samples of lung cancer patients. And yet another team found a way to use CRISPR as a recording tool of what’s going on inside of a cell.
Nice explanation from Wired on how CRISPR, the wonder gene editing technique which took biotech by storm, work.