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Top 5 ways the superintelligence revolution could happen

October 1st, 2014 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

There is a 50% probability that human-level machine intelligence will have been attained by 2050. Machines already have superhuman strength, speed and stamina. One day machines will have superhuman intelligence. Assuming that scientific and technological progress continues, human-level machine intelligence is very likely to be developed. And shortly thereafter, superintelligence.    



Peering into the future of AI and robot brains

September 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Baby X, a 3D-simulated human child. Zoltan Istvan writes In Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future? on Slate: “The singularity people (many at Singularity University) don’t like the term transhumanism. Transhumanists don’t like posthumanism. Posthumanists don’t like cyborgism. And cyborgism advocates don’t like the life extension tag. If you arrange the […]



Should Robots Have Their Own Bank Accounts?

September 22nd, 2014 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

Typical house-bot shopping on a budget Futurist Thomas Frey: The year is 2027 and Winston, a newly born house-bot charged with doing a number of domestic chores including cleaning, meal prep, laundry, and building maintenance, has been programmed to not only perform the work, but also restock supplies once they reach a certain level.  



MIT cheetah robot can run and jump untethered across grass

September 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

MIT cheetah robot Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. The robot sprinted up to 10 mph, even continuing to run after clearing a hurdle in experiments done on an indoor track. The MIT researchers estimate that the current version of the robot may eventually […]



The future of robotics: What is a robot?

September 18th, 2014 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Robotics is a transformative technology. Brookings Institution is a prestigious organization in the nation’s capital. When organizations such as that decides to study civilian robotics, you know that at the very least the organization will present some thought-provoking views.    



‘Smart suit’ – a new wearable robotic exoskeleton gives you superhuman powers

September 17th, 2014 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

‘Smart suit’ In the U.S., engineers and roboticists have developed a ’smart’ robotic suit made from lightweight, flexible materials that can enhance the movements of everyone from soldiers and firefighters to hiking enthusiasts and the elderly. (Video)    



We should start taking artificial intelligence seriously

September 6th, 2014 at 8:07 am » Comments Off

AI is no longer just for technology companies. Intelligent machines have arrived, only they don’t look at all like we expected. They aren’t HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and they certainly aren’t Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice in “Her.” Intelligent machines are more akin to what happens when insects, or even fungi, do when they […]



Are adjustable ethics setting for robotic cars a terrible idea?

September 2nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

With ethics settings in cars we create new responsibility for ourselves to get it right. Do you remember that day when your autonomous car saved the lives of five people you aimed for with your car when you temporarily lost your mind?  By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to […]



192 Future Uses for Flying Drones

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities.    



New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors

August 30th, 2014 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

Small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them. An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer […]



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