This week - what can you do to slow down ageing; an AI that builds AIs; Meta's new supercomputer for AI research; UK revises laws around self-driving cars; robots learn how to hug; and more!
More than a human
Here is a conversation Andrew Huberman had with David Sinclair, an expert researcher in the field of longevity, about recent developments in anti-ageing research and it is full of practical tips for what to eat and what to look at if you want to live longer and healthier.
Xenotransplantation - the idea of transplanting organs between species - is no longer science fiction. At the beginning of the year, surgeons transplanted a genetically modified pig heart into a living human. Two weeks later, the patient is doing well, with the heart pumping away and sustaining his life. This article explains how this breakthrough has been achieved and what's next for xenotransplantation.
Training a neural network is expensive. But that may soon change. Boris Knyazev of the University of Guelph in Ontario and his colleagues have designed and trained a “hypernetwork” — a kind of overlord of other neural networks — that could speed up the training process. Given a new, untrained deep neural network designed for some task, the hypernetwork predicts the parameters for the new network in fractions of a second, and in theory could make training unnecessary.
Meta unveiled Research SuperCluster (RSC) - a supercomputer designed for AI research. According to Meta, RSC is "among the fastest AI supercomputers running today and will be the fastest AI supercomputer in the world when it’s fully built out in mid-2022". It will be primarily used in creating metaverse "where AI-driven applications and products will play an important role", Meta says.
Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have revised the Automated Vehicles Act of 2018, recommending a new system of legal accountability. The proposed rules split the responsibility if something goes wrong between the driver and the car manufacturer, depending on if the self-driving system is on or off. The recommendations have been laid before Parliament, and are pending approval by the UK, Scottish, and Welsh governments.
Boston Dynamics has landed the first customer for its Stretch case-handling robot. DHL Supply Chain is spending $15 million with Boston Dynamics to further automate warehouses in North America. Boston Dynamics will deliver a fleet of Stretch robots to multiple DHL warehouses throughout North America over the next three years.
The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, or Star, is the first robot to successfully perform keyhole surgery on pigs. The robot, without any help from humans, carried out laparoscopic surgery to connect two ends of an intestine in four pigs and, according to researchers, did it "significantly better" than humans.
What makes a good hug? And can a robot learn how to hug like a human? Researchers at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems asked these questions and built HuggieBot to help answer them.