This week - AI rapper signs with a label and then gets dropped; synthetic mouse embryos with developed brains; drivers in the UK won't be liable for accidents when the vehicle is self-driving; and more!
More Than A Human
This is an article about prosthetic arms written by someone who is using a prosthetic arm. It shows a disconnect between engineers designing these arms and their users. Engineers aim to help amputees become "whole" again, constantly making their products more complex and therefore more expensive and less accessible. As the author writes, this is in many cases the opposite of what the amputees need and a much simpler design would do the job.
For some guy, owning an electric car was not futuristic enough so he implanted a chip in his hand he uses to open his Tesla, among other things like opening doors to his house or storing documents.
Nathan Copeland has lived with a brain-computer interface (BCI) for more than seven years and three months - that’s the longest anyone has had an implant like this. This is a remarkable achievement which also raises questions about the longevity of BCIs and how to maintain or upgrade a device implanted in someone's brain.
FN Meka, an AI-powered virtual rapper with over 10 million followers on TikTok and more than a billion views on the platform, signed a deal with Capitol Records. However, about a week later, Capitol Records dropped FN Meka after the "rapper" received negative feedback and outcry over racial stereotyping. "We offer our deepest apologies to the Black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough questions about equity and the creative process behind it," said label in a statement.
Here is something if you are interested in how AI works on a chip level. At Hot Chips conference, engineers from Tesla showed how their in-house-built Dojo AI system works on a microarchitecture level, from node architecture to processing pipelines, networking and instruction sets. This article only has slides and a short comment from ServeTheHome.
Speech recognition has made enormous progress in the last couple of years so where can it be in the next 10 years? This article gives some ideas - from fully multilingual models that can understand anybody in any language to transcription standardization to making speech recognition more available, adaptive and responsible.
Here is yet another application of GPT-3, this time in mathematics. It is a chat-like app where you enter a mathematical statement in plain English and the app translates it into Lean (a mathematical theorems prover) and checks if the statement is true or false.
Manufacturers operating self-driving vehicles in the U.K. will be liable for a vehicle’s actions when in autonomous mode, according to the country’s new roadmap to achieve a widespread rollout of self-driving vehicles by 2025.
300 FamilyMart stores in Japan will get a robot, starting this month. The robot was designed to do the specific task of restocking refrigerated shelves with bottles and cans, a repetitive, tedious job generally performed by employees. Robots can be in operation 24/7, replenishing shelves at a pace of up to 1000 bottles and cans per day, relying almost completely on its AI system to know when and where products need to be placed on the shelves.
Did you know Snap was making a selfie drone? It was released in April this year and now the company is abandoning the project. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel apparently told employees at a Q&A session about the choice to no longer develop the Pixy line.
Google has demoed a robot that takes in commands in plain English and does what it has been asked to do. As an example, Google engineer typed "I’m hungry" and the robot grabbed a snack and offered it to him. Behind the scenes, the robot is using a large language model (similar to GPT-3) to translate commands into actions.
Researchers have grown mouse embryos from stem cells to the point where the entire brain, including the anterior portion at the front, began to develop. This could help scientists learn more about how human embryos develop and provide insights into diseases, as well as providing an alternative to animals for testing.
A biotechnology company based in Israel wants to replicate a recent experiment that successfully created an artificial mouse embryo from stem cells — only this time with human cells. The aim of the company is to use embryos as organ-making machines and the 3D bioprinter to make tissues for transplantations.
An agriculture startup is planning to activate dormant genes in rice to allow it to grow in salt water and eventually move to growing it on floating platforms off the coasts of African and Asian countries.