Zuckerberg says Facebook is working on brain interface, the god in the machine, Russian gunslinging robot, and as always, news and articles on AI, robotics and biotechnology!
More than a human
I remember Mark Zuckerberg said a year or maybe two years ago that in the future we will be communicating via some sort of telepathy. Facebook wants to make that future a reality.
After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar.
Interesting talk by Liz Parrish, the CEO of Bioviva, where she explains that biological ageing is a disease and we can address it with gene therapy.
Elon said that the mind enhancing technology should be about 8 to 10 years away from being usable by people with no disability.
Researchers from DeepMind have created an AI that can remember experiences just like a human and protect valuable memories from being overwritten by new experiences. Not only it is a step forward for AI research, but it also helps us understand our own brains and how it works.
I like the message of this article. It’s not humans vs machines, but humans with machines.
Vector Institute, based in Toronto backed by many companies, aims to maintain Canada’s place as one of the intellectual centres of AI research.
A quite long interview with Jürgen Schmidhuber – the German computer scientist says artificial intelligence will surpass humans’ in 2050, enabling robots to have fun, fall in love – and colonise the galaxy.
This article discusses the problem of “black box AI” – an AI that does the job it meant to do, but we don’t know how exactly it did it or how it will do it. The black box AI problem touches the problem of consciousness and morality of AI, which is another hot topic in philosophy and AI research.
Russian engineers created a versatile humanoid robot designed for space missions. Then they give him guns, taught him how to shoot and the internet freaked out.
Open sourcing tools is a great way to accelerate progress in any field. In robotics, open source software made a big impact in the research. IEEE Spectrum lists a few open hardware projects for robotics, ranging from gripper mechanisms to haptic interfaces to complete standalone robots.
Researchers from Georgia Tech were inspired by sloths and have built a robot that can swing around on overhead wires. They hope their design will be useful in farming to monitor crops. And one day, it may swing around electrical wires in cities, too.
UK created a special anti-drone squad made of police and prison officers to tackle the problem of drones used to smuggle contraband into prisons. If you have in your mind a group of people shooting down drones with high-tech anti-drone rifles, I’m sorry to disappoint you. The squad will primarily be an information-sharing exercise.
Nautilus shares a story of Francisco Mojica, whose work on understanding the genome of a salt-loving microbe led to a world-changing technology.
GMO crops got a bad reputation. But as the human population grows (UN estimated they will 9.7 billion of us by 2050), we might have to revisit the fears of GMO crops and accept that modifying crops could be the only way to feed the world.
Researchers at the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition are studying the “organ chips” – tiny pieces of plastic containing living cells to represent one organ. These chips can be used to study effects of drugs without conducting expensive and sometimes controversial tests on humans.
Verily, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, plans to begin a long-awaited 10,000-person study to explore the biology of healthy people in the next several months, the company says. Each patient will undergo a battery of physical tests, including genome sequencing, a CAT scan of the chest to check for the buildup of calcium in heart arteries, eye exams and blood tests. They will return every year for five years for follow-up tests.