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Google is starting to design its own version of Asimov’s Laws of Robotics

It’s really less a killswitch than a blind spot, removing from the AI the ability to learn the wrong lessons.Specifically, they code the AI to ignore human input and its consequences for success or failure.

Dawn of the robotic butler: R2D2’s ancestors already walk (or roll) among us

By browsing the latest developments in these arenas, we can catch a glimpse of the kind of robotic butler that will likely be serving us breakfast in the decades to come.In looking at the advances made in machine learning we can, therefore, discern the “brains” of our robotic butler.

Robots are coming for your job — but maybe that’s okay

These facilities still rely on human workers, but the company has also increased automation with robots manufactured by Amazon’s Kiva subsidiary.5 million truck drivers in the US, and many of those jobs could vanish in short order.

Google researchers tackle AI and robotics safety, prevent future toasters from killing us in our sleep

Humans have been afraid of the dangers posed by AI and hypothetical robots or androids since the terms first entered common parlance.It’s a fear that’s been played out in both the Terminator and Matrix franchises, and echoed by luminaries like Elon Musk.

What it means when a bomb disposal robot is used as a weapon

What it means when a bomb disposal robot is used as a weapon They also left us grappling with a core question: What’s the difference between a “bomb disposal robot” and a “bomb robot”?However, he had no information to confirm whether or not the robot used to kill Johnson was one of his.

The Dallas police robot killing is a big deal, but it’s not about tech

The Dallas police robot killing is a big deal, but it’s not about tech But that debate ought to be separate from the one currently ongoing about the killing of a suspect in Dallas’ recent, tragic shootings of five police officers.The only real tech issue has to do with the ability of new technologies to fool people (both police officers and news anchors) into thinking that anything meaningful has changed.

This genetically engineered ‘living robot’ moves with rat heart cells

This genetically engineered ‘living robot’ moves with rat heart cells Plus: robot stingray!The hope is that building these sorts of projects, and learning how to better manipulate and develop heart cells to achieve certain aims, we’ll gain a better understanding of how heart cells work, and how whole hearts pump fluid throughout the body.

Tech Futures Lab here to re-engineer your career

Tech Futures Lab here to re-engineer your career Frances Valintine is the founder at Tech Futures Lab, she says that with the rapid advance and integration of technology across all sectors, it’s crucial that NZ businesses commit to skill development.Also behind The Mind Lab, Valintine believes that change in the technological revolution is occurring much faster than most anticipated.

New shapeshifting medical microbots inspired by germs

New shapeshifting medical microbots inspired by germs Developments in the medical robotics field ranging from tiny experimental robots that can swim through the bloodstream to origami-like creations designed to be swallowed.But one of the more troublesome problems is figuring out how to control microbots once they’re released.

Scientists isolate the brain’s ‘physics engine,’ could lead to faster, more agile robots

Scientists isolate the brain’s ‘physics engine,’ could lead to faster, more agile robots Now, for the first time, Johns Hopkins scientists have located the part of the brain responsible for this basic, fundamental processing.These brain regions are also part of the multiple demand network, a widespread set of functional areas.

Uber, Volvo hook up to create next-generation autonomous cars

Uber, Volvo hook up to create next-generation autonomous cars ” The companies will start with the same base Volvo car platform, do joint work, and also do development separately toward their own goals.Separately, Uber will be launching several self-driving Volvo XC90 crossovers this month in Pittsburgh.

This exoskeleton glove could let you feel the ‘shape’ of virtual reality

This exoskeleton glove could let you feel the ‘shape’ of virtual reality While you can see all these virtual objects, you can’t feel them.A Chinese company called Dexta Robotics wants to change that with claw-like exoskeleton gloves called Dexmo.

Robots receive a scary-accurate new voice, courtesy of Google’s DeepMind

Robots receive a scary-accurate new voice, courtesy of Google’s DeepMind Whatever you may think of the robotic voices foisted upon the world thanks to Google Voice Search and Siri, you’re unlikely to mistake them for human voices.With DeepMind’s WaveNet, we may be witnessing the emergence of something like an uncanny waveform, a robotic voice close enough to our own as to be distinctly creepy.

Scientists develop official guidance on robot ethics

Scientists develop official guidance on robot ethics It was decades ago when science fiction great Isaac Asimov imagined a world in which robots were commonplace.This was long before even the most rudimentary artificial intelligence existed, so Asimov created a basic framework for robot behavior called the Three Laws of Robotics.

IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon form enormous AI partnership

IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon form enormous AI partnership IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon have all signed on as marquis members, though the group hopes to expand even further over time.The goal is to create a body that can provide a platform for discussions among stakeholders and work out best practices for the artificial intelligence industry.

MIT is 3D printing custom robot bumpers

MIT is 3D printing custom robot bumpers The team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) calls this a programmable viscoelastic material (PVM).Having precise control over the dampening capacity of the a robot’s skin allows customization that would usually be impractical.

Brain implant used to restore paralyzed man’s sense of touch

Brain implant used to restore paralyzed man’s sense of touch In a new study, doctors have used a brain implant to return the sense of touch to a paralyzed man.By placing electrodes inside Copeland’s brain, doctors have basically created a new path for the electrical impulses associated with the sense of touch.

Who really invented Iraq's 'Al Robot' combat drone?

Who really invented Iraq's 'Al Robot' combat drone? The militias fighting this battle have apparently deployed alongside a lethal ground combat drone they call “Al Robot.In fact, since Al Robot comes from the country’s fractured Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) militias, there should immediately be some questions as to the origin of the technology itself.

MIT's ultra-light composite morphing aircraft wing harkens back to the Wright brothers

MIT's ultra-light composite morphing aircraft wing harkens back to the Wright brothers The new composite wing would do away with weight and complexity of flaps and ailerons.For the test, the morphing wings were configured to use the twisting process to replace the ailerons and flaps.