This week - China's AI ed-tech companies; DIY exoskeleton and prosthetic Nerf gun; what is anti-CRISPR; a robotic tail for humans; and more!
More than a human
A group of makers made a prosthetic Nerf gun. The future has arrived.
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) working under Facebook's brain-computer interface program have posted a study noting their algorithm was able to detect spoken words from brain activity in real-time. Here is the study if you are interested in learning more.
If you want an exoskeleton arm and you also happen to be a maker, then check this project. It shows how to build such an arm in just 2 days and for $100.
In recent years, the country has rushed to pursue “intelligent education” - the application of AI in learning. Now its billion-dollar ed-tech companies are planning to export their vision overseas.
Sentient is (or at least aims to be) an omnivorous analysis tool, capable of devouring data of all sorts, making sense of the past and present, anticipating the future, and pointing satellites toward what it determines will be the most interesting parts of that future. Until now, the project was a secret but recently declassified documents reveal new details about the program’s goals, progress, and reach.
In the first signs of a mounting threat, criminals are starting to use deepfakes — starting with AI-generated audio — to impersonate CEOs and steal millions from companies, which are largely unprepared to combat them. Imagine a convincing fake video or audio clip of Elon Musk, say, disclosing a massive defect the day before a big Tesla launch — the company's share price would crumple.
In China, a bicycle drove itself. It was a demo of a new AI chip - Tianjic. The chip can run both deep learning and spiking neural networks - something that wasn't done before.
Ben Goertzel explains SingularityNET - blockchain-based decentralised AI platform.
Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed a robotic tail that humans can wear to improve balance. Called ‘arque’, it was inspired by the way animals passively use their own tails to improve mobility by shifting their centre of gravity. Here's a video explaining how the tail works.
Here's a list of 15 robotics startups which won a place in RobotUnion's accelerator program. The list ranges from prosthetics to robotic arms to construction robots and robot assistants.
When Alan Turing proposed his famous test, the field of robotics and AI was just about to begin. Today, when can build machines that can resemble a human being, maybe we should update the original Turing Test to ask the question "Can we build robots that are perceptually indistinguishable from humans?". That's the question the Multimodal Turing Test wants to ask designers and engineers.
CRISPR took genetic engineering community by storm but have you ever heard of anti-CRISPR? Anti-CRISPRs are naturally occurring small proteins capable of blocking CRISPR. This article explains how they work and they can be used to increase the control over CRISPR and reduce the number of unwanted changes.