Issue #104

This week – what’s next for AlphaGo; when will human-level AI arrive, according to experts; dragonfly turned into a cyborg drone, and more!

Artificial Intelligence

The Promise of AI

Frank Chen from Andreessen Horowitz shows how companies are using AI in real life and what will happen if AI becomes cheap. Interesting talk.

AlphaGo’s next move

After defeating two Go grandmasters, AlphaGo is stepping back from competitive play. In this post, the founders of Deepmind share what will happen now to AlphaGo. Many people are afraid of AI, but the founders of Deepmind pointed out that although AlphaGo is better now than any human in this ancient game, we can learn from it. They will also publish one paper about AlphaGo and it’s something I’m also waiting for.

Google’s AlphaGo Proves Its Mettle Against a Team of Five

In yet another historic match up, Google DeepMind’s AlphoGo defeated a team made up of five of the world’s best human professional Go players. The team of five, however, enjoyed observing and adapting to AlphaGo’s moves.

AI will be able to beat us at everything by 2060, say experts

I think I will have to make a list of all these predictions, so we can see who was correct.

Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner—or Hundreds of Years Away

IEEE Spectrum asked many AI experts, like Ray Kurzweil, Rodney Brooks, Jürgen Schmidhuber and Nick Bostrom about human-level AI. When will it happen? How will the world change?

Will Robots Take My Job?

According to this website, I have 48% chances to be replaced by a robot and I should start being worried. How about you?


This Cyborg Dragonfly Is the Tiniest Drone

Researchers at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute have created something they call DragonflEye: a remote control drone built on a living dragonfly.

Drone Racing League World Championship

I’m no way associated with this. I just wanted to share this event if you are interested in drone racing and want to see Drone Racing League World Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

These Robots Can Teach Other Robots How to Do New Things

A new system developed at MIT now allows anyone to coach robots through simple tasks and even lets robots teach each other.

Japanese Robots are Challenging What it Means to be Human

In Japan, robots are used for companionship, household tasks, sex. But can they be the remedy for something deeper and more human: loneliness?

Robot Lives In Your Garden And Eats The Weeds

If you have a garden and you don’t want to remove weeds, then this a robot for you!

The Next Generation of Robots Will Be Remarkably Human-Like

Humans may sometimes take all they can do with their hands for granted. An appreciation for that dexterity is inspiring robotics innovators to develop ways of improving hand function in robots.


Digital logic circuits in yeast with CRISPR-dCas9 NOR gates

Interesting paper. Will we be able to make computers out of genetically modified organisms?

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