This week - Tesla shows a humanoid robot; DeepMind finds a better way to multiply matrices; a new project to map the entire human brain launches; and more!
More Than A Human
National Institutes of Health launches BRAIN Initiative - a $500 million dollar multinational project whose goal is to map the entire human brain, down to single cells. The new project builds on a previous effort to identify and map more than 100 cell types across the motor cortex of a mouse and will borrow many of the tools and techniques developed for that effort.
Gene therapies are changing how we treat diseases and for a growing number of scientists, ageing is being recognised as a disease. This article starts by introducing Liz Parrish, one of the pioneers in the anti-ageing field, and how the science has changed since she received two gene therapies in 2015 and 2020 to slow down the effects of ageing.
The White House proposed a non-binding Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights that it said would help parents, patients and workers avert harm from the increasing use of automation in education, health care and employment. Like the others, the White House version suggests numerous practices that developers and users of AI software should voluntarily follow to prevent the technology from unfairly disadvantaging people. However, the pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned that the non-binding proposal could hurt American businesses if they became rules.
I wonder how many futurists predicted that an advanced text-generating AI will be used by students to write assignments.
DeepMind's new AI, named AlphaTensor, has found a new way to compute matrix multiplications - one of the core operations in computing. DeepMind reports this new approach is up to 20% more efficient than the previous algorithm and it can run on the current hardware. Hussein Fawzi at Deepmind says the results are mathematically sound, but are far from intuitive for humans. “We don’t really know why the system came up with this, essentially,” he says. “Why is it the best way of multiplying matrices? It’s unclear.” The AlphaTensor code is open source and available on GitHub.
Just by reading this words I have doomed you to eternity of suffering from superintelligent AI. But Kyle Hill comes to rescue and explains how to use Prisoner's Dilemma to save ourselves from the Basilisk.
During Tesla AI Day, Elon Musk showed to the world the company's humanoid robot - Optimus. Unlike last year, when the robot was an actor dressed as a robot, this time Musk presented a real humanoid robot that walked on the stage, waved at people and did a little dance. Musk said the robot will be used in Tesla's factories and in homes. The company plans to mass-produce these robots and sell them for under $20,000. Nothing has been said when the sales would start.
IEEE Spectrum reached out to robotics experts asking them what do they think about Optimus - Tesla's new humanoid robot. The common thread amongst these experts is the respect and praise for Tesla engineers who were able to build such a robot in a short period of time. At the same time, they are not impressed by what we have seen.
Miso Robotics Inc in Pasadena has started rolling out its Flippy 2 robot, which automates the process of deep frying potatoes, onions and other foods. Flippy 2 can cook several meals with different recipes simultaneously, reducing the need for catering staff and, says Miso, speed up order delivery at drive-through windows.
Six robotics companies - Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics and Unitree Robotics - have signed a letter pledging not to support the weaponization of their products and are calling for others in the industry to do the same.