Issue #345

This week - augmenting human potential and philosophical quagmires that comes with it; China's plan to become a leader in smart manufacturing; an industrial robot that reads your mind; and more!


More Than A Human

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who’s in Control?

There is a lot of excitement in brain-computer interface community right now with big players joining the field and bringing resources to move it forward. This article argues not everything is sunshine and rainbows. It shares the stories of people who had impants or prosthetics and have either rejected them or their bodies rejected them. It also touches on privacy issues and philosophical quagmire we might step into. Just like with autopilots and self-driving cars, if something goes wrong, who is responsible?

► Augmenting human potential in the 6G era (29:27)

Peter Vetter from Nokia Bell Labs explains how 6G networks promise to unleash the full potential of digital twins - digital versions of physical and biological objects - that can augment our proximity, knowledge and productivity and therefore augment what we can be capable of in the next 10-15 years.

Regenerative Medicine: The Promise Of Undoing The Ravages Of Time

Here is a brief introduction to the field of regenerative medicine and how much we moved our understanding of tissue engineering and far we still have to go to fully regrow human organs and body parts.

Robotics

China unveils 5-year plan for robotics, smart manufacturing amid global race

China unveiled a five-year plan for smart manufacturing. Similar to what other countries have declared, the plan is to incorporate robotics, artificial intelligence, edge computing and other technologies to fully digitise the Chinese large manufacturers. By 2025, more than 70% of large-scale Chinese enterprises should be digitalized, and more than 500 demonstration manufacturing facilities will be built nationwide, according to the plan.

quadrupedalism.com

Quadrupedalism is a forum for all who are interested in building four-legged robots. If you are building one or want to build your own Spot Mini but don't know where to start, this might be a place for you.

Chinese scientists build factory robot that can read minds on the assembly line

Researchers in China say they have developed an industrial robot that can read a human co-worker’s mind with 96% accuracy. The robot not only monitored the worker’s brain waves but also collected electric signals from muscles, as it worked together to assemble a complex product.

Biotechnology

These 2021 Biotech Breakthroughs Will Shape the Future of Health and Medicine

Singularity Hub lists mRNA vaccines, in vivo gene therapy and improvements in our understanding of human embryo’s development as key breakthroughs of 2021 in health and medicine. As runner ups, they listed AI protein folding and AI designed drugs.

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