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Jan 8, 2020

Deep learning vs. machine learning: Understand the differences

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Machine learning and deep learning are both forms of artificial intelligence. You can also say, correctly, that deep learning is a specific kind of machine learning. Both machine learning and deep learning start with training and test data and a model and go through an optimization process to find the weights that make the model best fit the data. Both can handle numeric (regression) and non-numeric (classification) problems, although there are several application areas, such as object recognition and language translation, where deep learning models tend to produce better fits than machine learning models.

Jan 8, 2020

DeepMind researchers introduce hybrid solution to robot control problems

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers at Alphabet’s DeepMInd describe in a new paper a machine learning hybrid approach to difficult robotics problems.

Jan 8, 2020

Ringing the Alarm on Killer Robots

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, robotics/AI, treaties

Major military powers are racing to embrace weapons that select and fire on targets without meaningful human control. This is raising the specter of immoral, unaccountable, largely uncontrollable weapon systems – killer robots. It is also driving fears of widespread proliferation and arms races leading to global and regional instability.

There is increasing recognition that it’s time to ring the alarm on these weapons systems. This month in Paris, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a new international treaty to ban killer robots, stating that “machines that have the power and discretion to kill without human intervention are politically unacceptable and morally despicable.”

Yet at last week’s meeting of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) at the UN in Geneva, states made no progress towards launching negotiations on a treaty to ban or restrict such fully autonomous weapons. Instead, they agreed to spend the next two years developing a “normative and operational framework” to address concerns raised by such weapons systems.

Jan 8, 2020

Domestically-developed kamikaze drones to join Turkish army’s inventory as of 2020

Posted by in categories: drones, engineering, military, robotics/AI

Coming soon to crowd suppression near you…


30 upgraded KARGU (Autonomous Tactical Multi-Rotor Attack UAV) kamikaze drones developed by Turkish defense contractor Defense Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) will join the Turkish Armed Forces’ inventory as of 2020 to take part in critical operations in the country’s east and along the Syrian border.

The KARGU battle drone, which was developed by the STM to support the tactical and field needs of Turkish security forces, eliminates targets more efficiently with new features such as enhanced ammo capacity and improved accuracy. The 30 drones will also have the capacity to destroy an entire brigade and warship.

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Jan 8, 2020

Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Laws of War

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A race in autonomy poses a particular danger because the consequences of investing machines with increased intelligence and decision-making authority are largely unknown and could prove catastrophic. In their haste to match the presumed progress of likely adversaries, states might field robotic weapons with considerable autonomy well before their abilities and limitations have been fully determined, resulting in unintended fatalities or uncontrolled escalation.”


I salute the Arms Control Association … for its keen vision of the goals ahead and for its many efforts to identify and to promote practical measures that are so vitally needed to achieve them.

– Amb. Nobuyasu Abe

Jan 8, 2020

Kurds call on US to block Turkish military drones from Syrian air space

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI, space

Many times now, I have pointed out that the use of Killer Robots should be a war crime. It might not be a theoretical occurrence anymore.

“Syrian Kurds are asking the Pentagon to block US-controlled air space over north-eastern Syria to Turkish armed drones which they claim are causing significant civilian casualties.”


Unmanned weapons ‘targeting anything they wish to’ as Kurds say Turks have killed 509 civilians and 412 troops.

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Jan 8, 2020

How To Innovate In Biomedicine With Limited Resources For Big Results

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, drones, engineering, mobile phones, robotics/AI

STEM Bootstrapping in Bio-Medicine! — On this recent ideaXme (https://radioideaxme.com/) episode, I was joined by 24 year old Malawian inventor, Sanga Marcarios Kanthema, founder and CEO of two companies, Dolphin Health Innovations and QubiX Robotics, who’s bringing health tech innovations to one of the world’s poorest countries — #Ideaxme #Malawi #Robotics #EKG #Stethoscope #Prosthetics #MobileHealth #SmartPhones #Telemedicine #MedicalDrones #Health #Wellness #Longevity #IraPastor #Bioquark #Regenerage


Ira Pastor, ideaXme exponential health ambassador and founder of Bioquark, interviews Sanga Kanthema, 24 year old electronics specialist and founder and CEO of two Malawi-based companies, Dolphin Health Innovations and QubiX Robotics.

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Jan 8, 2020

A US $30 million fund to promote bold ideas for aging populations: Dr Victor Dzau

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, finance, life extension

US$30 Million to Seed Hundreds of Bold, Innovative Ideas for Human Longevity! — On this ideaXme (https://radioideaxme.com/) episode, I am joined by Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (https://nam.edu/initiatives/grand-challenge-healthy-longevity/) to talk about the potential of their Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge — eNag #ideaXme #VictorDzau #Wellness #Health #NationalAcademyOfMedicine #NAM #NAS #NIH #FDA #Duke #Cardiology #Longevity #Biotechnology #Regeneration #LifeExtension #Aging #Challenges #Prizes #Competitions #IraPastor #Bioquark #Regenerage


Ira Pastor, ideaXme exponential health ambassador and founder of Bioquark, interviews Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the United States National Academy of Medicine (NAM)and of the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

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Jan 8, 2020

7-Ketocholesterol in disease and aging

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

7-Ketocholesterol is a harmful oxidized byproduct of cholesterol, it is highly toxic with no redeeming qualities and serves no purpose in our bodies aside from allowing heart disease to develop. Check out Underdog Pharma’s recent review at Science Direct to learn more!


Oxidative stress has long been causatively implicated in the aging process [219,220]. As described in section 2, 7KC is the most common stable product of a reaction between cholesterol and a free radical. This is a vicious cycle as 7KC also leads to increased free radical production and release, seemingly by plasma membrane permeabilization. As discussed above, mitochondrial dysfunction and free-radical formation are also strongly implicated in the aging process and so while the precise mechanistic links between mitochondria, 7KC, and aging are still being elucidated they seem likely to be intertwined.

Is 7KC a biomarker of aging? As discussed in section 4, 7KC accumulation is directly implicated in many diseases of aging, including atherosclerosis, heart failure, AMD, NAFLD, and AD. It is thus reasonable to hypothesize that when otherwise unrelated diseases of aging share a common cause, that this cause is likely to be a part of the biological aging process. 7KC is known to accumulate in phagocytic cells such as macrophages (promoting the formation of foam cells), RPE cells, and microglia. It has also been suggested that c. elegans subjected to 7KC could be a good model of 7KC-dependent aging [221]. As 7KC is broadly toxic, and most cells seem to have difficulty metabolizing it, it may be that, with age, 7KC is bioaccumulating and impairing functional activity of the cells and tissue.

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Jan 8, 2020

Intel Maps Out a Foldable, AI-Infused PC Future

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

The company’s latest chips—and the bending gadgets they power—are learning to think for themselves.