Issue #254

This week - AI gets copyrights; the deep fakes arms race; anticipating automation and utopia; the connection between physics and deep learning; and more!


More Than A Human

Digital Immortality — The Most Effective Way

This article looks at the concept of digital immortality and what would be the best way to achieve it. It concludes that mind uploading may not be what we want (because it is a copy) and we maybe should look more at the transfer of consciousness.

► Anticipating automation and utopia (33:46)

David Wood, chair of London Futurists, speaks with John Danaher about his new book discussing the topic of automation, its impact on society and how building Cyborg Utopia and Virtual Utopia could mitigate the threats of automation. I found the discussion about games and how they can bring meaning to life in an automated world the most interesting part of the conversation.

Artificial Intelligence

Court rules AI-written article has copyright

A court in Shenzhen, China, ruled that a work generated by artificial intelligence qualified for copyright protection. The ruling came after tech giant Tencent sued an online platform that provides loan information for copying an article written by Tencent's robot Dreamwriter without authorization.

► How Can Deepfakes Be Detected? (5:54)

First, there were deep fakes. Then, we've got deep fake detectors. Now, we have deep fake detectors used to improve deep fake generators.

AI Will Help Scientists Ask More Powerful Questions

Modern science generates a vast amount of data no human can process on their own. The article focuses on AlphaFold and protein discovery but it shows in broad strokes how AI can help scientists understand the data and discover something new.

► Max Tegmark - Connections between physics and deep learning (51:54)

It is a lecture from 2016 but still, it is interesting to see how deeply deep learning is connected to physics and also how simple neural networks are (comparing to the possible space of solutions they need to work with).

Robotics

Robotic seals and bionic limbs: How Japan is creating opportunity for medtech

As its population grows older and older, Japan once again turned to robotics to solve their problems - robotic companions make sure the elderly don't feel alone while exoskeletons allow them to move.

► How Strong Is This Exoskeleton? (Power Loader: Part 9)(11:19)

Hacksmith and his team are building real-life Power Loader from Aliens (the one that Ripley used to fight the Xenomorphs queen). It's great to see that we can build such a thing now and it does not have to be a giant robotics corporation to bring those giant robots into reality.

Biotechnology

Meet the Xenobots, Virtual Creatures Brought to Life

Xenobots are a creation on the intersection between robotics, computer science and biology. Those living robots could be the first of their kind - man-made biological robots, designed in a virtual environment and then sent to a machine to make them.

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