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Dec 3, 2016

ARL insight into synthetic biology and advanced 3D printing materials

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, biological, computing, military

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are at an advanced stage of with their synthetic biology research. The work could see bacteria being used to send signals and sense in a way similar to computers, the advantage being that it could potentially provide a more intuitive sensory experience to a piece of tech, and bypass some of the pitfalls unique to electrical structures. The research also has application for new 3D printing materials.

Dec 3, 2016

Google’s Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Deep learning is changing how Google’s search engine works. But its new-found efficiency takes a lot of painstaking human work behind the scenes.

Dec 3, 2016

Robot Babies From Japan Raise Questions About How Parents Bond With AI

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Driven by a declining population, a trend for developing robotic babies has emerged in Japan as a means of encouraging couples to become “parents”. The approaches taken vary widely and are driven by different philosophical approaches that also beg a number of questions, not least whether these robo-tots will achieve the aim of their creators.

To understand all of this it is worth exploring the reasons behind the need to promote population growth in Japan. The issue stems from the disproportionate number of older people. Predictions from the UN suggest that by 2050 there will be about double the number of people living in Japan in the 70-plus age range compared to those aged 15–30. This is blamed on a number of factors including so-called “parasite singles”, more unmarried women and a lack of immigration.

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Dec 3, 2016

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI Are Going to Decimate Middle Class Jobs

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence and increasing automation is going to decimate middle class jobs, worsening inequality and risking significant political upheaval, Stephen Hawking has warned.

In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that “the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.”

He adds his voice to a growing chorus of experts concerned about the effects that technology will have on workforce in the coming years and decades. The fear is that while artificial intelligence will bring radical increases in efficiency in industry, for ordinary people this will translate into unemployment and uncertainty, as their human jobs are replaced by machines.

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Dec 3, 2016

Neural Networks “Alice,” “Bob,” and “Eve” Have Secrets

Posted by in categories: encryption, robotics/AI

Google’s Deep Brain team watched neural nets learn to develop their own encryption.

Dec 3, 2016

This robot can cross rough ground like a human does

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers are also working on making sure that if and when the robot does take a tumble, it falls safely and doesn’t fracture its… er, circuit boards.

Dec 3, 2016

Robot Art Raises Questions about Human Creativity

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

What is the potential of machine art, and can it truly be described as creative or imaginative?

Dec 3, 2016

A New Implant is Being Developed for Enhancing Human Memory

Posted by in category: futurism

A researcher is experimenting with an artificial hippocampus to learn how to strengthen and store memories.l

Dec 3, 2016

The Last of Us Part II — PSX 2016: Reveal Trailer

Posted by in category: entertainment

From the developers at Naughty Dog comes the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed games of the generation. Watch the world reveal trailer that made its debut at PlayStation Experience 2016.

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Dec 3, 2016

Space Warp Dynamics: The startup that’s working on sending humans to Proxima Centauri

Posted by in categories: physics, science, space, space travel
Space Warp Dynamics’s mission is fundamentally an audacious endeavor in terms of what we deem as the status quo of spacecraft propulsion and in terms of where humanity will be able to reach in the galaxy (other stars) within the next 15–20 years (and not only within the next 200+ years from now). In other words, if this challenge can be addressed with the appropriate resources and the right people’s support, then for example you and your family will potentially be able to travel to Earth 2.0 (presumably in the Proxima Centauri star system).
Space Warp Dynamics can already currently demonstrate (prove) that their invention can manipulate (warp or bend) space-time in a controlled micro-environment. This could mean that we finally know how gravity works and also how to control gravity and this in itself is a monumental accomplishment.

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