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Oct 28, 2016

Google AI invents its own cryptographic algorithm; no one knows how it works

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Google AI invents its own cryptographic algorithm; no one knows how it works.

Neural networks seem good at devising crypto methods; less good at codebreaking.

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Oct 27, 2016

Google Brain’s neural-net AI dreams up its own encryption strategy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, encryption, robotics/AI

It’s fun to write about developments in artificial intelligence like they’re harbingers of an impending AIpocalypse. Jokes about our new robot overlords notwithstanding, computers are getting scary smart these days, and it’s not always flattering to compare humans with AI. The machines can outperform humans in a lot of important ways: we routinely trust robot surgeons, diagnostic databases, and autopilot chauffeurs with our lives, just to name a few.

Google is among those pushing the horizon of AI superiority further and further. The company’s neural net/machine learning project, Google Brain, has been working on problems in medical imaging, robotics, and natural language processing, among others. “Google is not really a search company. It’s a machine-learning company,” Matthew Zeiler, a Google Brain alumnus, told Wired. Now a team from Google Brain has demonstrated that neural networks can learn to protect the confidentiality of their data from other neural networks.

Oct 27, 2016

Wiring the brain with artificial senses and limb control

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, cyborgs, robotics/AI

There have been significant advances in developing new prostheses with a simple sense of touch, but researchers are looking to go further. Scientists and engineers are working on a way to provide prosthetic users and those suffering from spinal cord injuries with the ability to both feel and control their limbs or robotic replacements by means of directly stimulating the cortex of the brain.

For decades, a major goal of neuroscientists has been to develop new technologies to create more advanced prostheses or ways to help people who have suffered spinal cord injuries to regain the use of their limbs. Part of this has involved creating a means of sending brain signals to disconnected nerves in damaged limbs or to robotic prostheses, so they can be moved by thought, so control is simple and natural.

However, all this had only limited application because as well as being able to tell a robotic or natural limb to move, a sense of touch was also required, so the patient would know if something has been grasped properly or if the hand or arm is in the right position. Without this feedback, it’s very difficult to control an artificial limb properly even with constant concentration or computer assistance.

Oct 27, 2016

Experts State Robots Will Take Over Additional 850,000 Jobs By 2030

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Tough times lay ahead for human workers. With the advent of automation comes a much smaller job market and an ever-shrinking work force. Jobs traditionally held by humans are now being taken over by robots and computer software. Now, another job sector is being threatened by automation: the public sector.

A study conducted by Oxford University and Deloitte, a business advisory firm, found that 850,000 public sector jobs in the UK are at risk of being lost by 2030 due to automation. The report also mentions how more than 1.3 million administrative jobs in the public sector have a 77% probability of being automated. These jobs include highly repetitive jobs like clerical work and transportation work.

–This report comes as good news to fiscal policy makers who wish to cut costs. It shows the government can save up to £12 billion in public sector wages by 2030.

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Oct 27, 2016

Robots to Take Nearly All Jobs within 20 Years, Top Futurist Claims

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Within 20 years nearly all jobs will be automated and will lead to a human revolution, claims top futurist philosopher.

Zoltan Istvan | Motherboard

Futurist and architect Jacque Fresco speaks in parables. If he goes on too long with a story, his 40-year partner Roxanne Meadows interjects facts to keep him on track. Fresco recently turned 100 years old, and is the oldest celebrity futurist in the world. His magnum opus is The Venus Project, a 21-acre Central Florida Eden with white dome-shaped buildings that Meadows and he hand built over three and a half decades. The sanctuary and research center is where Fresco still leads weekly seminars, which includes a tour of 10 buildings—some filled with hundreds of future city models inside them—that highlight the promise of a future world where equality and technology abound.

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Oct 27, 2016

I developed the “robot hand” prototype of telexistence by using Virtual Reality and Robotics technology

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Oct 27, 2016

AI alarm clock gets to know you

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You may not typically be firing on all cylinders when your alarm clock goes off, but French startup Holi says it has created an alarm clock that will fire on all cylinders for you. The Bonjour is a voice-controlled, artificially intelligent device that learns about the user and acts as their personal assistant.

First things first – the Bonjour has a rather natty design that sits somewhere between contemporary cleanliness and retro stylishness. Its 5.3-in (13.5-cm) diameter circular body leans back on four short and stumpy legs, while a circular color HD screen is set into its center.

Like the Kello alarm clock, the Bonjour is aimed at enriching the user’s life beyond just waking them up. Whereas the Kello aims to improve the quality of the user’s sleep though, the Bonjour wants to improve their waking hours.

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Oct 26, 2016

GPU’s Role in Artificial Intelligence Advances Featured at Conference

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NEWS ANALYSIS: The confluence of big data, massively powerful computing resources and advanced algorithms is bringing new artificial intelligence capabilities to scientific research.

WASHINGTON, DC—Massively parallel supercomputing hardware along with advanced artificial intelligence algorithms are being harnessed to deliver powerful new research tools in science and medicine, according to Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation.

Córdova spoke Oct. 26 at GPU Technology Conference organized by Nvidia, a company that got its start making video cards for PCs and gaming systems, that now manufactures advanced graphics processor for high-performance servers and supercomputers.

Oct 26, 2016

D-Wave founder Geordie Rose takes quantum leap into smart robotics

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Investors from Amazon to the CIA are excited about secretive startup Kindred Systems and its ‘human-like intelligence’ advances.

Oct 26, 2016

Google’s neural networks invent their own encryption

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, robotics/AI

Using machine learning, computers have come up with codes that let them send secret messages to each other – but they’re still a long way off humans.

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