Monthly Archives: March 2016

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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, … Continue reading

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The Sad Story of Ota Benga

Ota Benga was a pygmy who was brought from what was then the Belgian Congo to be an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (e.g. the St. Louis World Fair) in 1904.  He was later exhibited at the Bronx Zoo in … Continue reading

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Realizing The Potential of Humanoid Robots as a Full-time Healthcare Providers

After three decades of research on virtual humans, a visiting professor in Singapore has created “Nadine”, a human-like robot that she predicted would be able to serve as companions for the elderly in the future.

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Robot Homes: Automation That Helps Take Care of You

A startup company called Brain of Things has envisioned the home of the future–one that takes care of you. The founders have initially targeted three locations in California for the development of what they call “robot homes”. These houses will ‘adapt’ to … Continue reading

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The Difficult Discussion of White Privilege

Bring up the topic of white privilege and your going to very likely hear the room quickly go dead quite – especially if your in a room of white people.  Of if brought up and your in a certain type of crowd … Continue reading

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