Robot’s Teaching Humans to Code?

It seems that is the case with a robot called Root (more here and here).  Root works along with a programming environment called Square to engage students starting very young to learn coding concepts in a fun and intuitive fashion.  Its being developed by the Wyss Institute which is part of Harvard.root-002

The interface is based on the very familiar expeirnece users have with apps and tablets.  The cool thing is that it starts out with very simple concepts for early childhood learners and progress to more advanced concepts for older learners.

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These AIs are Learning to Talk in Secret…

Science Fiction is quickly becoming fact it would seem.  The Google Brain project has been working to build a deep learning method for AI (learn more here and here).  Since starting up informally in 2011 and accelerated through the purchase of DeepMind Technologies it has had an impact on Google as a whole including contributions in the Android speech recognition system, photo search and more.

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Seeking the Hyper-Human

There are 7 Billion of us on the planet.  Its hard to wrap one’s mind around that many people.  In a world with that many people how does one stand out?  Certainly, the different type of humans varies widely – tall, short, fat, thin, brilliant, mundane, black, white, hairy and on and one.  But we are all pretty much have the same abilities and characteristics.  Juxtapose that with the fundamental desire of the human ego to be different or be special in some way – to stand out.  This desire has manifested itself in many different forms ranging from the simple tattoo which is a physical expression to the desire to dominate other humans like a Napoleon or Hitler.

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Russian Multi-Millionaire Tries to Fund His Way to Immortality

The goal of the Russian multi-millionaire Dmitry Itskov in the next 30 years is very clear: he wants his existence immortalized by having a “personality transfer” to an artificial carrier. To simplify the concept, it’s to have his memories digitized and uploaded to a physical form – a robot of the future. He plans to make this possible with his modern version of the Philosopher’s Stone: the 2045 Initiative website. Continue reading

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Advent of a Cyborg Era? US Military Invests Millions for Brain Implant Development

Pentagon’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), is taking big initiatives to bringing us a step closer in making cybernetic organisms a reality as U.S. military invests up to $60 million on the development of implants that could connect the human brain and computers. Continue reading

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The Wonders of a Robot Gardener

Grafting plants is a delicate process mostly used in asexual propagation of plants.  It is tedious and time-consuming even for skilled laborers in the horticulture and agriculture industry to successfully manage to fuse two parts of a plant and hope for it to grow into a new one. But now, a robot (no surprise) can do this task efficiently and in fact much faster than any skilled gardener. Continue reading

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AMBER Lab’s Robot Runs Just Like You!

It seems like it was just yesterday when ASIMO, the world’s first robot with predicted movement control, had managed to walk on its own two feet. That was nearly 15 years ago, and now a group of researchers at the Advanced Mechanical Bipedal Experimental Robotics (AMBER) Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology have just demonstrated a bipedal robot running at a pace and style just like a human’s. Continue reading

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Google’s AI defeats Go Grandmaster with a Historic 4-1 Victory

AI researchers thought that it would take decades before an Artificial Intelligence algorithm would beat a human grandmaster in the complex game of Go. But Google’s AI, AlphaGo, had just surpassed their expectations last week by beating a grandmaster in a five-match game of a Man-vs-Machine face off and winning the $1 million prize money. Continue reading

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Microsoft’s AI Tay Learns Tweeting Through Twitter and Other Social Media – and FAILED

Microsoft’s artificial intelligent chatbot, Tay, gets smarter the more it interacts with humans. And the medium for her learning? Via the social media like Twitter, Kik and GroupMe.  Apparently though “she” was learning all the wrong things and was taken down for basically turning into a “Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours“. Continue reading

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Automation Replaces “Heroes” At Start Up Company

GoButler, a startup company that offers to do tasks usually relegated to personal assistants via text message, called their employees “Heroes.” These Heroes reply to inquiries, perform requests such as booking flight schedules and dining reservations, writing poems, drawing pictures, ordering food down to even delivering dry ice. The 2015 start up is trying to be your go-to resource for assisting with various types of activities. Continue reading

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