This week – the first human being to be successfully rejuvenated by gene therapy, robot-monk, Dalek-like robots, racing drones controlled with thoughts, AI playground tool and more!
More Than A Human
BioViva announced first successful gene therapy against aging. Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of Bioviva has become the first human being to be successfully rejuvenated by gene therapy, after her own company’s experimental therapies reversed 20 years of normal telomere shortening.
Nigel was employed as a precious metals smelter. Until he felt into an industrial blender and lost his arm. Now he has a bionic prosthesis and in his TED Talk he shares his story. I found it very moving, especially his journey from an edge of suicide to a new life, thanks to his bionic hand.
CNBC visits Alcor, a company that uses cryonics to freeze its client’s bodies or just brains in hope that in the future technology will be able to bring them back to life. The article explains what company does, how the technology looks like and even asks one of the Alcor’s client about her motives and hopes.
OpenAI released a beta version of Gym, a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms. Looks promising. I can’t wait to try it out myself.
Nice tool. You can tinker with neural networks right now in your browser with it and see how different setups with different values react to different inputs.
The output of every computer system, even as complex and sophisticated as today’s AI systems, depends on the quality of input data. Tay.ai is a good example of this principle. But Tay.ai was something more. It was more like a mirror in which we, as a humanity, could see our own reflection. As we progress we might see even more these kinds of mirrors and it will be interesting to see what we would see.
How we see AI in seven stages. It starts with fear and fantasies. Then it goes through frustration and anger, acceptance, infatuation, trust, reliance and ends with love and fear (again).
Someone took Minecraft and made it look way better using neural networks. The neural network “knows” how a grass (or any other block) should look like and enhances the blocky Minecraft grass to look more realistic. Check the results, it looks good.
AlphaGo’s true accomplishment isn’t learning to play Go, but learning to play (and manipulate) us. This is a forewarning that heralds the future of artificial intelligence.
After defeating humans in Go, DeepMind looks for another game to beat. It might be StarCraft. But, to beat humans in this game, the AI has to learn how to lie.
Nowadays, even Buddhist monks can be replaced with robots.
This is so cool! Drone-racing just moved to a whole new level by combining with BCI technology, resulting in a drone race controlled solely by the mind.
It looks like a Dalek from Dr. Who. It is designed to perform standard police patrolling and the robot can undertake riot control, by remotely firing its electroshock weapons (or by running over unruly protesters). Hopefully, it doesn’t have Exterminate, Annihilate, Destroy program somewhere inside.
Another Dalek-like robot. This time, it is a robot meant to be used in hospitals as a robot-nurse that whirs silently between hospital beds, smiles, and drops off medications and meals to patients. Yes, it is a Japanese invention.
Startup Zero Zero Robotics showed this week their camera drone, the Hover Camera. It is a small drone with a camera able to follow and record you, even as you walk. Looks interesting and promising. Definitely, they are worth watching.
Google and Uber, along with Ford, Volvo and Lyft, are part of a coalition to push for a unified US legal code on self-driving cars as part of a broader lobbying drive to promote that technology.
Here are two videos from Georgia Institute of Technology, where they have a lab dedicated to built a bipedal robot that can walk and run just like humans.
Twist Bioscience, a company that specializes in making DNA as a data storage medium, announced a partnership with Microsoft. As they put in a press release, they “are now putting DNA data storage theory into practice”.
A primer into exponential growth. What is it, how does it look like and why it is so important to understand exponential growth if you want to predict the future of technology.
Did you ever want to have a mech? If so, this video tells you what you need to do to have one awesome mech in your garage.