On OpenAI, Santa’s reindeers got replaced by robots, NASA’s Robonauts, exoskeletons, robots, gene editing and more!
More Than A Human
Stephen Witt imagines a world in which you have a brain chip that is able to deliver the perfect music for your current mood.
The Economist checks how the current exoskeletons look like and what are their capabilities.
An interview with Andrej Karpatny, an AI researcher at OpenAI, where he answers the questions on what is OpenAI, what makes it different and what is its goal.
Scott Alexander debates in his essay if making an advanced AI an open source project is a good idea at all.
Here’s a handy map of different approaches to AI safety.
Current machine learning training phase requires showing the computer millions of example data sets. Comparing to how humans learn, they are far behind us. Now a group of researchers from MIT prove that a machine-learning system based on their model could in the same way as humans do.
Researchers from Zhejiang University and Hangzhou Dianzi University in Hangzhou, China successfully developed the Darwin Neural Processing Unit (NPU), a neuromorphic hardware co-processor based on spiking neural networks, fabricated by standard CMOS technology.
Or how the personalized systems can lead to the development of a personal learning machines, which could be our avatars in the digital world, our algorithmic selfs.
Even Santa’s reindeers can’t be safe in the age of robots.
“Talking Ally”, a robot made by researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology’s Interactions and Communication Design lab, can follow a human’s gaze and respond accordingly. For example, it can make a fuss if the person stops talking to it.
Meet Naviator – a drone that can fly and swim.
It might turn out that the first humanoid creature exploring Mars won’t be humans, but NASA’s Robonauts. For me, it looks like Boba Fett.
PopSci on the rising popularity of drone racing and how it get where it is today.
Moley Robotics is developing a robotic kitchen that can prepare a meal from start to finish—cleanup included.
Reserchers developed a new way of making a 3D printed radar using special ink that can be tuned to generate or detect radio waves of specific frequencies.
Apparently, Twitter filed a patent for a tweeting drone.
I don’t think the dawn of drone age is near. They might get less press attention in 2016, but they won’t be gone.
The guy who first hacked the iPhone made a self-driving car from his Acura in his garage.
Drones are not so novel invention as some might think so. Some of the first unmanned flying machines were built during the World War II or even earlier. Good history lesson from Wired.
tl;dr – you can play with human embryos, but don’t use them to establish pregnancy.
Researchers from Brown University have created a simple and inexpensive way to grow tiny balls of living neurons that form networks and are electrically active, that can be used in drug testing, neural tissue transplants and brain experiments instead of using animals.
IEEE Spectrum visits Twist Bioscience – a synthetic-biology startups adopt technologies from the computer industry to mass produce DNA.
A sci-fi short movie presenting the dark side of the virtual reality, where the VR worlds are more attractive to some people than the real worlds. Or at least they think so.