Employees getting implanted with microchips, Google’s new machine learning chips, rejuvenating mice, don’t fear the AI and more!
More than a human
A company in Sweden offers to implant its workers and startup members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand. Some people will say it is the first step into becoming a cyborg. Others will point to dystopian sci-fi stories.
While much attention is placed on the dangers of artificial intelligence and automation, the technology has tremendous potential to improve the world. From revolutionising healthcare to helping us protect the environment, AI could prove to be humanity’s greatest ally.
Researchers from OpenAI applied neuroevolution strategies to an AI playing Atari games and in the result made an algorithm that just a few hours mastered the games. DeepMind’s famous reinforced learning algorithm needed a day to achieve the same result.
There is an AI that takes a painting and transforms it into a realistic looking photograph.
Last year, Google announced they are building their own chips designed to accelerate machine learning and optimised for TensorFlow – Google’s machine learning framework. This week, Google share a bit more about the project, claiming the new Tensor Processing Units (TPU) are faster and more energy effiecient than a traditional combination of CPU and GPU.
If you live in Greenwich, you might encounter a driverless shuttle bus prototype being tested there.
I cannot wait!
Did you ever wanted to build a robotic arm, but you thought it would be too expensive? Then check out this project where you can learn how to build a working robotic arm using almost completely out of salvaged recyclables: scrap wood, a plastic bottle, bits of plastic string and a spring. The design also includes a very vital part – a potato.
The heart hugger, the drug doser, and flexible forceps show how malleable machines will work safely inside the body
UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is building a microdrone unlike any you have seen. Instead of rotors, it uses flapping wings to fly like a dragonfly.
Scientists have tested a new anti-aging treatment method on mice. The result – aged mice regrew their scraggly fur into luscious coats and saw improved liver and kidney functions. They also seemed more energised, opting to spend their time on a running wheel instead of sleeping in a corner. The team behind the study is planning how to test the method on humans.
Everywhere CRISPR goes, the controversy follows. This time, the pro-life activists are raising concerns about using gene editing to modify humans, arguing that a human embryo is a human being with a conscience and haven’t agreed to be modified.