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Oct 8, 2016

Artificial intelligence-powered malware is coming, and it’s going to be terrifying

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

Smart viruses holding hospital equipment to ransom. Malware that impersonates people you know. Data-altering software that can destroy corporations. Get ready.

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Oct 8, 2016

ROBOT ARMIES: No more Western soldier deaths ‘in a DECADE’ as MACHINES take over

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

A look at the military 10 years into the future—human soldier deaths become unacceptable:


THERE will be no longer be human casualties of war from wealthy countries within 10 years as advanced militaries will begin sending MACHINES to warzones to do their bidding, an expert has claimed.

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Oct 8, 2016

Print-on-demand bone could quickly mend major injuries

Posted by in category: materials

Material is flexible, cheap, and easy to produce.

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Oct 8, 2016

Cybathlon Live Streaming

Posted by in category: futurism

CYBATHLON Championship for Athletes with Disabilities.


Watch the Cybathlon live here on 8 October. Livestreaming will start from 9.30 a.m.

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Oct 8, 2016

What are the five hottest emerging technologies of 2016?

Posted by in category: futurism

These are the 5 hottest emerging technologies in 2016.

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Oct 8, 2016

MIT is making customizable, bouncy robot skin

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI

MIT is 3D-printing a new type of robot skin that’s a lot more customizable than human skin.

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Oct 8, 2016

Nanomachines Score The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Posted by in categories: chemistry, nanotechnology

In Brief.

  • Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa will share the prize for their design and synthesis of the ‘world’s smallest machines.’
  • The state of molecular machines today is at the same level as that of the electric motor in the 1830’

A trio of European scientists brought home the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa were awarded 8 million Swedish krona for their work on molecular machines.

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Oct 8, 2016

What Happens When You Create a Chatbot to Memorialize a Friend

Posted by in categories: engineering, robotics/AI

Whenever we lose someone close to us, there’s an inclination, a need even, to sort through our memories of that person. Memories not just in our minds, but our digital memories too—emails, texts, photos, videos, social media posts.

But eventually, we have to stop looking through those texts and photos, because after a while, it’s like listening to a song on repeat for too long. The memories are static, they will never change, shift, and grow like the real person, and you just have to move on.

When Eugenia Kuyda lost her best friend, Roman Mazurenko, she wanted to memorialize him in a different way. As the cofounder of Luka, an artificial intelligence startup which recommends books and restaurants through a chat interface, Kuyda worked with her engineering team to collect thousands of Mazurenko’s texts and create a chatbot based on his personality.

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Oct 8, 2016

Robots Have Learned to Pool Their Experience to Acquire Basic Motor Skills

Posted by in categories: information science, robotics/AI

In Brief.

  • A task that would take one robot years to complete could be done in just a few weeks if multiple robots are allowed to communicate with one another.
  • As algorithms and technology advances, a robot cloud could help us best utilize bots within our daily lives.

Robots, for all their helpfulness in performing tasks that we would rather not do (usually because those tasks are dangerous or boring), first need to be coded in order to do the work. These specific sets of commands tell the machines what exactly they need to do and define how to do it.

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Oct 7, 2016

Wheego and Valeo get California road driverless testing permits

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

Self-driving car testing in California is becoming a badge of progress for companies working in the space. Only 17 companies in total have the honor, including two just added to the list: Wheego Electric Cars, and Valeo North America.

The Wall Street Journal reports that both these new companies now have approval to run tests with a single vehicle each, and four drivers per team. That might not sound like much, but it’s a foot in the door, and membership in the club is itself somewhat testament to how much the companies have already accomplished, since the other members include major carmakers like Tesla, Cruise (which got its license before being acquired by GM), promising startup Drive.ai, and Baidu, to name a few.

The new members are interesting additions: Wheego is an electric carmaker which got its start taking Chinese-Built cars, outfitting them with battery’s and electric motors in the U.S. and putting them on the road. The company now says it builds electric vehicles designed “for a global market,” and focuses on the benefits of connected tech in making vehicles aware of their surroundings.

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