This week – we are going to look into the future of humanity, both short- medium term (cyborgs and etc.) to long-term. Other than that – AI beats humans in Doom , Elon Musk elaborates on his AI concerns, DeepMind can now speak, AI ethics and more!
More Than A Human
Here’s an infographic that tries to imagine what will happen to the humanity in near, far and way far future. At some point, it stops tracking humans and starts to track human intellect, which is a quite interesting thing.
Cyborgs are among us, but aren’t the scary humanoid robots we see in the movies. Through biohacking, one can potentially experience more from life, especially those of us with disabilities.
A talk with Yuval Noah Harari, the author of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow , about the future of humanity and our relation with technology in a bigger scope, how our values may be about to shift – away from humans, as we transfer our faith to the almighty power of data and the algorithm.
Working with Doom the 1993 first-person shooter, the researchers trained an AI to defeat the native enemies in the game, as well as human players fighting in the same deathmatch arena. The AI learned how to navigate in the 3D space, which might be very useful for future robots.
Elon Musk on AI. It should be democratized, no one should have a total control over AI, and that we should merge with AI via some kind of neural lace.
Someone asked Ray Kurzweil how to avoid robo-apocalypse and how to control AI. Kurzweil pointed out that the biotech industry had the same issue about 40 years ago and they came up with a set of rules and guidelines designed to keep everything safe. He believes a similar approach might work for AI and other exponential technologies.
The London Borough of Enfield has employed AI Amelia to handle some customer service aspects. The program will guide customers through the site while learning and even picking up on emotions.
Another big step in AI research has been made by guys from DeepMind. DeepMind unveiled WaveNet, an artificial intelligence system that the company says outperforms existing text-to-speech technologies by 50 percent. WaveNet learns from raw audio files and then produces digital sound waves that resemble those produced by the human voice, which is an entirely different approach.
A new report asserts that, by 2025, jobs from the customer service, trucking, and taxi industries will be taken over by cognitive technologies. Yet, we will begin to truly feel the impact of this in just 5 years.
At Tate Britain, an AI program compares classical paintings stored in the gallery with recent photographs provided by Reuters and tries to find similarities between both. It pairs the images based on image recognition techniques that analyse objects, faces, composition, and context gleaned from metadata. Sometimes, the pairing is obvious, but sometimes it takes a while to understand why the program chose the combination.
Nearly a quarter of the city of Amsterdam is covered by water, so it is not surprising to hear that Amsterdam will be testing self-driving boats. The boats will be used not only to transport people and goods, but also to build bridges on demand.
During the recent TechCrunch Disrupt, Mark Raibert, the CEO of Boston Dynamics brought a couple of robots with him on stage to show what they can do and explain what’s happening with the company – is it still in Google or not?
Isaac Asimov gave us the basic rules of good robot behaviour: don’t harm humans, obey orders and protect yourself. Now the British Standards Institute has issued a more official version aimed at helping designers create ethically sound robots.
That’s an interesting robot. SAW, or Single Actuator Wave-like robot, is “a novel bioinspired robot which can move forward or backward by producing a continuously advancing wave.” Basically, SAW moves around by doing the worm nonstop.
One mind to rule them all.
Ray Kurzweil answers the question “Can we live forever? “. Being Kurzweil, he sees an optimistic future, when in 10 years from now the technology will be able to fix major health issue. On top of that, he adds nanotech, which might “transcend the limitations of biology”.
How does VR do in Japan? According to this article, it’s doing excellent and it will be even better.