Issue #1

So it begins… This first issue of H+ Weekly. With no further ado, let’s start!

In this issue – falling robots, how to cure aging, the threat of super AI, “self-healing” robots, why so many robots are female and is a simulated brain conscious.

Enjoy!


DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

Last week, 24 teams had competed in DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Congratulations, Team KAIST, for winning the finals!

Guys from IEEE Spectrum made a really good job explaining everything around the finals – from introducing the robots and explaining the rules and course, to post-finals analysis – what we’ve learned and how Team KAIST won.

But the Internet was more interested in watching falling robots.

Interview with dr Aubrey de Grey – How We Can Avoid Aging 

Jordan Harbinger from The Art of Charm (awesome podcast, I highly recommend) did an interview with dr Aubrey de Grey about his research on curing aging. Dr de Grey talks about how he got interested in researches on aging, how the therapies might look like, where is the bottleneck and also he discussed the potential impact of longevity on society.

Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?

In his TED talk, Nick Bostrom discusses the future of the artificial intelligence. Mostly he’s focusing on human level artificial intelligence and what can come out of it. Bostrom portraits a very dark vision of future and his talk is a warning against opening the AI Pandora Box.

You may agree with Bostrom’s views or you may not. Let me know what is you opinion. Would be super AI the last invention for humanity? Or would it be our greatest invention?

Robot learns to ‘heal’ itself after damage

It’s more like dealing with damages than “healing”.

Researchers at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris decided to harm their robots and see how would they react. Their robots were equipped with algorithms helping them analyse what happened and what is the best way to deal with the damages. Results – in a matter of seconds robots were able to find the best solution using “trial-and-error” method and carry on with their tasks.

Why Are So Many Robots Female?

Yeah, why? For robot or AI it doesn’t matter if it looks like male or female. It has it’s own goals and it tries to achieve them. So why would a robot choose male or female skin?

The answer is the human-robot interface.

Is a Simulated Brain Conscious?

Yet another tricky question to think about.

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