H+ Weekly — Issue #53
This week — Google’s plan for AI “Big Red Button”, DeepMind masters another classic Atari game. Open Bionics teams up with Deus Ex, exoskeletons for elderly, Elite’s AI went rogue and created superweapons, controlling drones with brain waves, robots, AI and more!
Also, this week is the first anniversary of H+ Weekly. I’d like to say thank you for reading this newsletter. By making the newsletter I have learned a lot about technology and I hope you learned with me. The pace of progress is so fast that science fiction becomes a reality faster and faster. It is incredible!
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More than a human
Open Bionics, Eidos-Montréal and Razer are working together to bring Deus Ex inspired augmentations to life. The three companies will partner up to help bridge the gap between fiction and reality, working together to design, 3D print, scan, power, and create affordable bionic hands.
Our parents and grandparents might use an exoskeleton to help the walk and look awesome.
Natasha Vita-More talks about transhumanism, the “body of the future”, and about the controversies and problems surrounding transhumanism.
The way Google sees the Big red Button is a special code in the AI systems that “tricks” machine to stop doing what it is doing.
DeepMind can add another game to the list of games their AI mastered. This time it was Montezuma’s Revenge — a classic Atari 2600 game. In the article, you will find a video explaining the algorithm. For more details, you can check the paper published by guys from DeepMind.
Bill Gates is confident that soon most of the physical labour will be done by robots. He sees AI as a “holy grail” as he envisions a future “with machines that are capable and more capable than human intelligence.”
By exploiting the features in the game, Elite’s AI was able to create super weapons that the designers had never intended.
Facebook joined the AI race a bit late, but it has a plan how to win it. The plans is to open the research, both software and hardware and get the best people in the field.
IBM’s artificial intelligence platform Watson began dabbling with healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance, education — even cooking. Now the machine is dipping its (robot) toes into the cybersecurity business, where it will help prevents hacks, spam and malware.
According to the study, 54% of Americans claim they have never interacted with AI system. 26% of respondents said they would not trust an AI with any personal or professional task. 51% said they’d be uncomfortable sharing personal data with an AI system. Moreover, 23% of Americans who say they have interacted with an AI reported being dissatisfied with the experience.
An interesting view on AI from a venture capitalist. On one hand, AI will democratize basic intelligence through open source tools or free services. TensorFlow, OpenAI or online machine learning services are great examples here. On the other hand, we see the concentration of higher-order intelligence. Those who have access to data will benefit the most from machine learning.
We gave the robots the brains, but they can’t interact with the world as we do. Robots still need to learn how to use their “body”, which right now is a quite a challenging problem to solve. Siddhartha Srinivasa, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University, explains where the problems are.
A new robot made by Simone Giertz, the queen of not-so-useful-robots, was meant to cut hair. It did not end well…
Here’s a real-time demonstration of controlling a swarm of quadrotors to travel through narrow passage. The cool thing is that these drones are controlled using brain waves.
This tiny robot weighs only 3 grams and has everything you need to control it. Moreover, it starts to learn how to fly like a real moth.
Dark clouds are gathering around Verily, Google’s new life sciences subsidiary, which after three years still haven’t shown any working device.
As a kind of follow-up to the Human Genome Project, Harvard scientists led by DNA pioneer George Church are proposing to create a synthetic human genome from scratch, with the aim of developing resistance to cancer and disease.
Microsoft decided to open HoloLens technology for its partners, which might result in cheaper and more accessible augmented reality headsets on the market.
These reasons are: We’re Going Beyond Moore’s Law, Robots Are Doing Human Jobs and We’re Editing Genes. Do you think these are enough convincing arguments to believe the Singularity is near?
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