Honda Using Experimental New ASIMO for Disaster Response Research
The robot writers at IEEE Spectrum have an interesting piece about an effort by Honda to develop a humanoid robot that could help in disaster situations. Apparently inspired by the events in Fukushima, the robot is capable of some impressive feats, including climbing ladders and moving quickly from a two-legged gait to a four-legged one.
Thought Process: Building an Artificial Brain
The Washington Post looks at Paul Allen’s ongoing effort to decode the human mind. The effort is notable for its focus on both reverse-engineering the brain and using new methods—such as machine learning—in an effort to re-create intelligence.
IBM’s New Unit Bets on Boom in Artificial Intelligence
Big Blue is creating a consulting division, called Cognitive Business Solutions, focused on advising companies about ways to apply AI techniques. Seems like a smart move, given the growing interest in applying machine learning to all sorts of business problems.
Swipe, Smoothie and the Great Photo-Sharing Startup Frontier
An old story from Re/Code is good background reading on Perceptio, an image-processing startup acquired recently by Apple. The company’s technology could allow an iPhone to identify people by learning from video footage.
Watch this Robot Navigate with Help from Its Very Own Drone
A Swiss company demonstrates a way for crawling and flying robots to coöperate. The project mainly highlights the way robots will likely share information, such as mapping data.
A Peek Inside Google’s Efforts to Create a General-Purpose Robot
BusinessWeek pulls together a few clues to Google’s robot ambitions.
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
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