15th January 2016

Issue #32

A blind woman receives a bionic eye, what is transhumanism, drones, robots, gene editing and more!


More Than A Human

Blind Woman Receives Bionic Eye, Reads a Clock With Elation

Rhian Lewis had become the first person in the UK to receive an advanced bionic eye. Thanks to it she was able to read a clock for the first time in 16 years.

Jason Silva on Transhumanism: Are We Decommissioning Evolution?

Jason Silva explains in 3 minutes what is transhumanism in a crash course way.

First genetically-modified human embryos ‘could be created in Britain within weeks’

And it freaks out a lot of people here.

Artificial Intelligence

Short Story on AI: A Cognitive Discontinuity

Andrej Karpathy writes a story on AI. Despite its name, it is a long read, but worth your time nevertheless.

An AI system that helps blind people to see by identifying object

It just requires a smartphone. Point it somewhere and AI assistant will tell what is this object.

Are We Smart Enough to Control Artificial Intelligence?

A long read from MIT Technology Review trying to check if we are able to control AI as its becoming more and more complex.

AMA: the OpenAI Research Team

Here’s an AMA with OpenAI research team.

Robotics

How to Register a Drone

If you live in the USA and you have a drone, you might find this article by Wired handy as it shows how to register a drone. Also, it answers why you need to do this.

The Biggest Ever Drone Swarm Take to the Sky in Style

Intel has claimed a Guinness World Record for its latest artistic drone swarm. The event, which looks like some kind of technological fireworks display, took place at Flugplatz Ahrenlohe in Germany. I would describe it as a drone ballet with a live orchestra.

The Evolution Of Robots In Movies and TV

This video shows the evolution of robots in movies ant TV, from 1927 to 2013.

Aerodrome Is The First Commercial Airport For Drones

The first ever commercial airport is being built in Boulder, Nevada. The plan is to offer training, maintenance and other support functions for the commercial drone industry, as well as for individual drone pilots.

The 10 Scariest, Weirdest, Coolest Robots of 2015

Real-life mech, humanoids and other awesome robots of 2015.

8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025

A lot will change thanks to advancements in robotics and automatization. In 10 years time we will come back and check how good Business Insider’s predictions were.

From AI To Robotics, 2016 Will Be The Year When The Machines Start Taking Over

Vivek Wadhwa predicts, that 2016 in robotics and AI will be more or less like 2015, but on steroids.

Drinking with a robot

This is what will happen, if you don’t have any friends to drink with, but you know how to build robots.

Biotechnology

Improved Version Of CRISPR Gene Editing Tool Eliminates Errors

Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a new variation of CRISPR that eliminates off-target modifications, but it isn’t called CRISPR, but something else.

Oxford Professor On Genetic Manipulation, Brain Stimulation And Behavior Altering Drugs

Julian Savulescu shows what we can do right now with genetic engineering and how to alter human behavior by using drugs or brain simulation. Fascinating, 10-minutes long talk.

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