H+ Weekly — Issue #87
Boston Dynamics shows a new robot. A bunch of great minds talk about superintelligence. A robotic coffee shop in San Francisco. FDA makes biohackers lives a bit harder and more!
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MORE THAN A HUMAN
Using brain-computer interfaces, researchers were able to build a device allowing patients suffering from locked-in syndrome to communicate with the world for the first time in years in some cases.
In his TED Talk, Sean O’Callaghan, who holds a Ph.D. in systematic theology from University of Liverpool, talks about human enhancements, transhumanism and how we can become more than a human with technology, and then dives into ethical problems of human enhancement, like a threat of deepening inequalities.
An hour long talk between Elon Musk, Stuart Russell, Ray Kurzweil, Demis Hassabis, Sam Harris, Nick Bostrom, David Chalmers, Bart Selman, and Jaan Tallinn about superintelligence and artificial general intelligence. I think you cannot get any better lineup for such a topic.
When Google, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and other big tech companies were opening their AI research and publishing freely available papers on AI research, Apple was keeping its cards close. However, the times are changing and Apple joined Partnership on AI — a research group founded by the big players in the IT world.
Jürgen Schmidhuber, the father of deep learning, paints a picture of the future where by 2050, there will be trillions of self-replicating autonomous and highly intelligent robot factories on the asteroid belt.
Boston Dynamics become famous for their humanoid and four-legged robots. Recently, they revealed a new robot named Handle. What’s different in this robot comparing to other Boston Dynamics robots is that it has… wheels. Check the video showing what it can do. It’s incredible.
There is a coffee shop in San Francisco where the barista is a robot which makes the coffee faster and cheaper than a human barista. Should we add baristas to the list of jobs taken by robots?
I love to see how nature inspires robotics. Here we have a bioinspired bat robot which flies (or falls in style) just like a real bat.
Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them. The bots can perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking a ball underwater, and grabbing and releasing a live fish. I’m curious where the research on those gel-based robots will lead us.
Maybe in the future, when you will be in a need, a paper drone dropped from a plane will send you necessary medical kit.
Self-driving cars are good in spotting other cars, pedestrians, and animals on the road, yet still have problems spotting bicycles. There is a lot of happening in this area, which will make autonomous cars safer.
Piaggio, the Italian company that makes Vespa scooters and Moto Guzzi motorcycles, revealed its newest development this week: a personal delivery device or “cargo robot,” called the Gita. I encourage you to check how this robot looks like because it does not look like any other delivery robot.
Ocado, a UK online supermarket, will be testing a new robotic arm with soft fingers for picking and packaging the groceries.
David Ishee breeds mastiffs — huge, friendly dogs that are known to be riddled with genetic disorders. Because traditional methods of breeding weren’t able to eradicate the genetic disorders, David built a lab in his shed and become a biohacker. And then the FDA stepped in with a proposal to treat every genetically modified animal as a drug.
Last week we heard the news that a group of scientist successfully created a human-pig chimera embryos. Their success is a step forward towards growing human organs inside of a pig for patients needing the transplants. This infographic from Scientific American explains the whole process in more details, from modifying the genetic markup of the embryo to harvesting human organs from a pig.
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