This week we saw the result of the match between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol, so there will be a lot of articles covering this. Other than that – bionic fingertip that “feels” textures, AI plays Minecraft, Google hooked 14 robots to do things, strong microrobots and more!
More Than A Human
Researchers from Switzerland and Italy created an artificial fingertip, which is connected directly to the human nervous system and allows the patient to distinguish between rough and smooth surfaces with 96 percent accuracy.
The U.S. military is spending millions on an advanced implant that would allow a human brain to communicate directly with computers. DARPA hopes the implant will allow humans to directly interface with computers, which could benefit people with aural and visual disabilities, such as veterans injured in combat.
Interesting interview with Zoltan Istvan, US Presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party. He explains what is transhumanism, how it is going to make death obsolete. He also talks about human augmentations, AI, Singularity, cyborg laws and more. Worth watching or just listening (the interview starts at 6:22).
After winning 4:1 against Lee Sedol, AlphaGo as been awarded the highest Go grandmaster rank, reserved for those whose ability at the ancient board game borders on “divinity”.
Here’s what Yann LeCun, Director of AI Research at Facebook, has to say about AlphaGo’s victory. In a nutshell – we haven’t solved the unsupervised learning problem, which is a key milestone towards true AI.
And here’s what Eliezer Yudkowsky has to say about AlphaGo. It is a rather long analysis.
John Langford also sends his congratulations to the AlphaGo team, but he also emphasises that AlphaGo is not the solution to the AI and recommends a little bit more scepticism and not getting on the hype train, which might lead to a yet another big disappointment.
That’s a good question. There are rumors that the next game that DeepMind would try to tackle might be StarCraft. Others would like to see the AlphaGo- like AI used in some real-life applications, like healthcare.
AlphaGo’s victory also made some people to ask if are we going a bit too far. Like this article from Guardian, which is concern about the world ruled by AIs and calls to make sure that people will be able to control even more powerful AIs.
Meanwhile, at Microsoft AI is playing Minecraft.
Or how machine learning, deep learning and quantum computing together will change the computing and worlds as we know it.
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning… we hear these phrases a lot recently. If you feel confused and don’t know which means what, this article will explain it. Also, it will answer the question what the giants, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others, use.
This article explores the connection between AI and language understanding. It starts with Alan Turing and his famous test, which is basically a test of using language by a machine, and then goes through our current systems that understand speech and with which we can actually speak.
Following the World Drone Prix in Dubai this weekend, which saw a 15-year-old British kid take home the top $250,000 prize, the gulf state has unveiled plans to hold a futuristic Olympics every two years starting in 2017.
DARPA has a little drone, that is able to dodge obstacles while flying really fast.
27 year old Gemma Walker from the UK becomes the first patient to undergo a lung tumor removal with the help of a robot.
Some guys at Google took fourteen robotic arms, networked them together, and used convolutional neural networks to let these robots learn on their own how to pick up small objects like a cup, tape dispenser, and neon-green toy dolphin.
Soon, if you get lost in the woods, someone can send a squad of drones to find you.
Six 17-gram microTug robots were able to pull an 1,800 kg car. It’s like six humans towing the Eiffel Tower. Strong little bots.
Peter Diamandis looks at robotics industry, shows the recent breakthroughs and shares what he thinks will change the robotics in the near future.
Researchers from Korea have created a wall-climbing drone designed to fly from building to building, stick to its surface and perform close inspection and maintenance of the structure.
Korean lab led by Woosuk Hwang started as lab where bereaved dog owners could get their pup to “live” again. Now, he’s aiming to clone endangered animals to preserve them.
Guys from Extra Credits ask what does tomorrow look like. Literally, how does it look like visually? And by answering this question they also are able to tell something about our times.