Issue #28

In this issue – Elon Musk and the company to save us from AI, mandatory drone registration in the US, California proposed a law on self-driving cars, stylish prosthetics limbs, Tinder robot and more!


More Than A Human

Powered Exoskeletons Could Replace Wheelchairs One Day

Another episode from Wired’s Cyber Nation Collection, focusing on exoskeletons and how they might made wheelchairs obsolete.

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever by uploading human brains into a computer.

3D-Printed Covers Bring a Stylish Touch to Prosthetic Limbs

Prosthetics are becoming more and more stylish. I wonder when someone will decide to cut off his or hers healthy limb just to have a fancy new one.

Smartphones to Bionic Body Parts: Our Tech Can (and Will) Be Used Against Us

An interview with Marc Goodman, the author of Future Crimes , on how the crime might look like in the future and how technology can be used against us.

Artificial Intelligence

How Elon Musk and Y Combinator Plan to Stop Computers From Taking Over

Elon Musk is known for being on the anti-AI side. To save us from the evil AI, he and his friends founded a non-profit company called OpenAI, which will fight the evil AI with… AI.

Meet the Military-Funded AI that Learns as Fast as a Human

A military-funded AI has displayed the ability to learn and generate new ideas as quickly and accurately as can a human. Right now it can understand handwritten characters, but soon it might be analyzing intelligence data and controlling drones on the battlefield.

The current state of machine intelligence 2.0

A nice report showing the current landscape of machine learning environment.

MIT Researchers Train An Algorithm To Predict How Boring Your Selfie Is

There was a news couple of weeks ago about a machine learning algorithm that can tell how good your selfie is. Now researchers from MIT took the problem from a different side and made an algorithm that will tell how much your selfie sucks.

Can This Man Make AI More Human?

One cognitive scientist, Gary Marcus, thinks the leading approach to machine learning can be improved by ideas gleaned from studying children.

Robotics

Next Monday, Mandatory Drone Registration Begins in the USA

If you live in US and you have a drone, you need to register it till 16th February 2016. If you fail to do that, you could face thousands of dollars in fines. In a nutshell – if a drone weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, you’re legally required to tell the country about it. For more details check the link.

Do I Need to Register My Drone? Check This List

Wired prepared a handy list of popular drones answering the question if you should register your drone.

Google’s Verily Is Spinning Off ‘Verb,’ a Secretive Robot-Surgery Startup

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, revealed what will be under the letter V. It will be Verb Surgical, a collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, and it aims to make robots better surgical assistants.

Tokyo Police Form Anti-drone Squad

It sounds like a cyberpunk vision coming true. Tokyo police is forming a anti- drone squad that will be hunting and catching rogue drones with… drones with nets.

Construction Starts On Drone Airport In Nevada

Boulder City, Nevada, will have the world’s first drone airport. Or at least its developer says so. Its goal is to attract hobbyists, government officials, rescue workers, and private businesses, who are all eager to find a spot where they can fly and test their unmanned aerial vehicles.

Automated Weapons and the Battlefield of 2050

In Europe, you’re legally protected from “automated decisions”. The US Army, in a recent report, may have to take issue with that. What’s the battlefield of the future going to look like?

True Love Tinder Robot

Nicole He built a robot that based on your heart rate swipes left or right on Tinder. I’m amazed by this concept.

Ford to test self-driving cars on California roads

Another company joins the autonomous cars race. Hello, Ford!

A Proposed California Law Would Require Drivers For Driverless Cars

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has released a proposal that would require licenced drivers to be present in self-driving vehicles in the state, probably as the last line of defence in the case of an emergency. It makes also the companies, which removed the steering wheel, like Google, sad.

Biotechnology

How Does CRISPR Work?

Feng Zhang explains in a plain language how does CRISPR work.

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