Issue #228

This week - OpenAI's robot solves Rubick's Cube one-handed; why AI thinks like a corporation; robots in space and in Walmart; open-source bio 3d printer; and more!


More than a human

Biohacker Investigation Is Dropped by California Medical Board

California regulators have closed an investigation into whether he was practicing medicine without a licence. It is a good news for Josiah Zayner and for biohacking community in the US.

Mark Zuckerberg says brain-reading wearables are coming, but certain functions may require implanted devices

Mark Zuckerberg said that he wants to work on brain-controlling wearable and implantable technology, and Facebook’s recent acquisition of CTRL-labs was a step in that direction. “The goal is to eventually make it so that you can think something and control something in virtual or augmented reality,” said Zuckerberg.

► David Sinclair: "Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don't Have To" (55:13)

David Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, discusses his new book "Lifespan", which distills his cutting-edge research findings on the biological processes underpinning aging. Sinclair describes lifestyle hacks we can undertake now to combat aging, as well as future scientific breakthroughs that promise to slow down—and even reverse—the aging process.

Defying Ageing with Ariel VA Feinerman – A Radical Exploration

Here is an interview with Ariel VA Feinerman. It mostly revolves around the hibernetics and what makes it different from cryonics but other topics are also touched, like life extension in general.

The world's first artificial womb for humans

The title is very clickbaity. Lisa Mandemaker designed an artificial womb concept to show how such a device could look like - from the general concept to how a baby will be placed inside the artificial womb. No actual human is going to be born from this artificial womb.

Artificial Intelligence

AI thinks like a corporation—and that’s worrying

This article makes an argument that AI does not think like a human - it thinks like an organisation, be it a corporation or state. It also makes a point that the entire field of computing (and AI by the extend) does not come from mathematics but from human organisational structures and bureaucracy.

Robotics

Watch Astrobee's First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

NASA’s Astrobee robots have flown for the first time on their own around International Space Station. They needed some time and a helping hand from humans to map the environment onboard ISS before the first solo flight. Now they need more training and fine-tuning before they are ready to help astronauts onboard ISS perform experiments.

Walmart’s robot army has arrived

When you visit Walmart next time, you might meet a robot there. Walmart is rolling out robots to their shops to look for out of stock products. Designing such robots is quite a challenge since they have to work around people all the time.

Can Robots Help Pick Up after the Recycling Crisis?

Here are some robots that do what many humans don't want to do - sort our trash.

Watch OpenAI’s ‘human-like’ robot solve a Rubik’s Cube one-handed

OpenAI trained a robotic hand to solve a Rubick's Cube. A hand, not hands. The robot can juggle and manipulate the cube using just one hand - a feat that not so many humans can do.

Why Solving a Rubik's Cube Does Not Signal Robot Supremacy

This article pours some cold water on the OpenAI's Rubick's Cube solving robot. The demo itself is impressive but it hides the fact the robot dropped the cube 8 out of 10 times and needed an equivalent of 10,000 years of training to get there. And still, it is a highly specialised robot that can only solve the cube but not pick it up or shuffle cards, for example.

Biotechnology

► 3D Printing Organs is CLOSER thanks to Lulzbot BIO (16:15)

Lulzbot, a producer of popular 3d printers, announced their new product - Lulzbot Bio. It is an open-source bioprinter that can print materials like unmodified collagen and fetal stem cells. Joel from 3D Printing Nerd speaks with Lulzbot to learn more about this machine.

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