This week – an afterlife as an AI bot. Obama talks about AI, autonomous cars and the future of humanity. And – why we aren’t ready for Superintelligence, DeepMind created an AI with memory, Facebook’s ideas for VR and more!
More Than A Human
Last weekend we saw Cybathlon, the world’s first “bionic Olympics”, where disabled athletes assisted with exoskeletons, prosthetic robotic hands or brain-computer interfaces competed in a series of challenges. This article from BBC describes the games and lists all the winners.
Some amputees want to have a prosthetic limb that can do a bit more or just looks better.Waterproof, dustproof, customized to client’s skin color, matching to the owner’s tattoos. And there are companies that are ready to help them for an appropriate price.
Nice article about human evolution. It asks the questions like “are humans a finished product now?” and shows that even now, without futuristic human enhancements, we are steering our own evolution by choosing our partners not by availability, but by other traits. And then it goes into cyborgs, genetic engineering and that kind of stuff.
An afterlife as an AI. When Roman Mazurenko died, his best friend gathered his old text messages and fed them into a neural network, basically making a bot that responds in a similar way Roman would respond.
It is a long interview, but I highly recommend reading it.
DeepMind came up with another breakthrough in AI research. This time, they have created a memory-augmented neural network called a differentiable neural computer. It can learn to use its memory to answer questions about complex, structured data, including artificially generated stories, family trees, and even a map of the London Underground.
This article is a response to Sam Harris’ recent TED Talk. It then adds some points from Nick Bostrom and comes to a conclusion that we will not be able to understand Superintelligence as its motives might be beyond our comprehension, yet alone able to control it.
A comparison of recently formed Partnership on AI (by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon) and OpenAI. Both organizations share the same goal, but the way they are formed and how they work is different.
Here’s a business side of AI. The big players are in rush to buy as many promising AI startups as possible before other players do so.
This might be the first time a commercially available drone was made into a flying improvised bomb. The incident will probably speed up development of military anti-drone systems.
Researchers at Disney Research in Pittsburgh have built a single-legged hopping robot that can currently bounce around 19 times without falling over. It looks cute.
MIT researcher Skylar Tibbits works on self-assembly — the idea that instead of building something (a chair, a skyscraper), we can create materials that build themselves, much the way a strand of DNA zips itself together. It’s a big concept at early stages; Tibbits shows us three in-the-lab projects that hint at what a self-assembling future might look like.
In this blog post, engineers from Google Brain Team, DeepMind and Google X describe how they used reinforced learning and shared experiences between robots to teach them from scratch how to open a door.
This robot uses its soft hands to grab underwater plants without damaging them.
XoSoft is a soft, modular, lower limb exoskeleton for the elderly and disabled will help increase mobility and thus greatly improve health and quality of life.
We live in the future if you can easily build mind-controlled LEGO robots.
Vertical farming is turning out to be nearly 10 times more efficient than traditional agriculture and it is on a good way to change how we produce food.
Facebook believes VR is the future of human interactions. But VR is a completely new realm that requires a new language for interactions. Facebook proposes “VR emojis” that will use body language to show emotion in your virtual avatar.
Wired briefly describes recent Oculus Connect conference where Mark Zuckerberg showed how the interactions in the VR might look like, further proving that social media giant is taking VR seriously.