A lot of things happened this week! Google’s AI mastered Go, home-made exoskeletons, AI’s writing stuff, patent war on CRISPR, biohackers, robots and more!
More Than A Human
A video that showcases 10 biohackers, who are right now experimenting with upgrading their bodies using technology.
This guy made an Elysium- -inspired exoskeleton in his shop capable of lifting a Mini Cooper.
This partially paralysed Bali man created a bionic arm from scrap metal. Very impressive!
Scott Niswander from NerdSync wants to know how scientifically accurate super soldiers like Bloodshot are. How do Bloodshot’s nanites stack up against the real-world nanoparticles? Is it possible to plant false memories into our brains? Check the video to find out!
A story of Phil Kennedy, a neurologist, who wanted tap into a healthy human brain – his own brain, to be precise – and how it almost cost him his mind.
Singularity. Posthuman. Techno-Optimism, Cyborgism. Humanity+. Immortalist. Machine intelligence. Biohacker. Robotopia. Life extension. Transhumanism. Zoltan Istvan tries to find the right word to discuss the future.
Google achieves one of the long-standing “grand challenges” of AI by building a computer that can beat expert players at the board game Go.
The master algorithm, the ultimate algorithm describing the human mind, is the Holy Grail of AI research. Pedro Domingos explains five different approaches to tackle the same problem.
Xiaoice, the Chinese alter-ego of Microsoft’s Cortana, is the new weather girl for a Chinese morning TV show, making it the first AI to ever take on a job of this kind. Eliza Cassan anyone?
Marvin Minsky, the pioneer in artificial intelligence, died last Sunday at 88.
The Wired asked AI system to write an obituary for Marvin Minsky. You can compare it with the New York Times obituary linked above and decide, which one is better.
He fed a recurrent neural network with the scripts of every episode of Friends and it learned to generate new scenes.
Here’s an overview of an algorithm trained to write political speeches.
And here’s an AI that writes mean emails.
The article clarifies the difference between artificial intelligence and intelligence amplification, which is, according to the article’s author, more appropriate word to describe our current AI systems. He also emphasises that the future is not humans vs machines, but humans with machines.
While AI focuses on creating intelligent machines that perform human tasks, a human-based algorithm, harnessing the power of the crowd to make predictions, shows remarkable accuracy.
And it is freaking fast! Don’t blink or you will miss it!
Scientists are developing cutting-edge technology to make robot inter and external structures decomposable. Would like to have a robot that rots?
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that almost 300,000 drone owners have now used its online registration system.
The Drone Racing League (DRL) announced its inaugural racing season. The league hopes to be the Formula 1, NASCAR and MotoGP of drone racing, and has secured backing from venture capital firms and celebrities to make that a reality.
“Emotional labor”—the performance of feelings that service workers must provide to their customers is exhausting and stressful for people, who need to do it on a daily basis. And there are companies that try to outsource that job to cute, cuddly robots.
A hour-long discussion panel recorded during World Economic Forum in Davos on the question “What if autonomous weapon systems replace both soldiers and generals?”.
The world has undergone three industrial revolutions that have dramatically impacted the way we live. So what will happen during the fourth industrial revolution?
Trace Dominquez from DNews analyses why robots, which can create recipes, play games and even think for themselves to a certain extent, can’t be funny.
The patent war between discoverers of CRISPR might have some unexpected casualties in the form of companies which licenced the technology from the losing side of the war.
Here’s a full, almost one-hour long interview with BioViva CEO Liz Parrish where she’s asked about being a gene therapy test subject developed by her company.