This week - Spot goes to hospitals; Zoox shares 1 hour fully autonomous ride around San Francisco; and more!
I don't know why it took me so long to discover Lex Fridman's Artificial Intelligence podcast. Fridman spoke with many interesting people in-depth about AI, technology and their thoughts about these topics. In this episode, Fridman speaks with Jeff Hawkins about neuroscience, reverse-engineering the neocortex, intelligence and AI.
NVIDIA released RTX Voice. It uses unused RTX cores to run an AI that removes background noise in real-time. Alex from Linus Tech Tips gives it a try and the results are quite impressive - it can remove background noise, from the loud keyboard and screaming children to a vacuum cleaner, megaphone and drums.
PATRICK is a robotic starfish. To be more specific, it is a soft robot made from molded silicone designed to work underwater.
Skyentific is my recent YouTube discovery. It's a channel focusing on robotics (specifically robotic arms) from a more technical point of view and also teaches how to build one.
Here is a more in-depth overview of DARPA's recent Subterranean Challenge. It has everything you need - the overview of the facility the robots were competing in, the competition and an overview of each robot.
Engineers from Zoox released a video of their self-driving car's 1-hour long autonomous trip around San Fransisco with real traffic, just like the one you would encounter if you were the driver.
Boston Dynamics joins other tech companies in the fight against COVID-19 and transforms their four-legged robot Spot to be a mobile teleconferencing system. Equipped with an iPad, it allows healthcare workers to remotely check-in with the patients. There are plans to equip the robot with more sensors to detect patients' temperature, respiratory rate, pulse rate and oxygen saturation, or transforming Spot into a mobile disinfection station with UV light on its back.
Isaac Arthur (one of my favourite YouTubers) asks the question - but what about the economy of the future? How would the economy in a post-scarcity future, where everything is made by robots and AI, with abundant sources of power, look like? Will there still be a place for money to exists and if so, what future civilizations can use as a currency?