This is the question that Henry A Kissinger (former national-security adviser and secretary of state to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford) asks in a recent Atlantic article (spoiler alert: he answers in the affirmative).
He writes that:
The United States has not yet, as a nation, systematically explored its full scope, studied its implications, or begun the process of ultimate learning. This should be given a high national priority, above all, from the point of view of relating AI to humanistic traditions.
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Helsinki University and tech strategy firm Reaktor say they want to make Finland the world’s most educated country in the field of artificial intelligence. The academic and business partners say they want Finland to become forerunners in AI, and have developed an online course covering the quickly-growing technology open to anyone, free of charge.
“The Elements of Artificial Intelligence” online course is entirely in English and offered to people who are interested in learning more about AI. The University of Helsinki has offered a course in AI for the past few years. Due to increased interest in the subject, the institution collaborated with Reaktor to create an online course to meet the growing demand.
Huawei has announced the global launch of its next flagship Honor-branded mobile phone. At a packed event in London, the Chinese technology giant officially unveiled the Honor 10, a smartphone that continues a recent trend of pitching the quality of the camera as the core selling point.
The sales pitch behind the Honor 10 is encapsulated by its slogan: “Beauty in AI.” The device sports a 24MP + 16MP dual-lens camera on the back that Huawei claims can recognise more than 500 scenarios
across 22 categories in real time. For example, it can establish outlines of objects and people to help it enhance the photos for clarity.
BrainQ, an Israel-based startup that aims to help stroke victims and those with spinal cord injuries treat their injuries with the help of a personalised electromagnetic treatment protocol, announced that it has raised a $5.3M funding round on top of the $3.5 million the company previously raised.
The general idea behind BrainQ is to use the patient’s brainwaves to generate a tailored treatment protocol. No AI company would be complete without data — it’s what drives these algorithms, after all — and the company says it owns one the largest Brain Computer Interface-based EEG databases for motor tasks. It’s that database that allows it to interpret the patient’s brain waves and generate its treatment protocol.
An exclusive research collaboration has been announced between Nebula Genomics, a San Francisco-based company co-founded by genomics pioneer George Church that is using blockchain to build a marketplace for genomic and clinical data, and Longenesis, a Hong Kong-based partnership between Insilico Medicine and the Bitfury Group that is applying deep learning and blockchain technologies to make a platform for the exchange of healthcare data.
“By allowing individuals and large data providers such as biobanks to maintain ownership of their genomic data on our platform and profit from it, Nebula Genomics seeks to incentivise generation of genomic data…In other words, we will make a marketplace that will create an equitable and efficient economy for genomic data. Longenesis has built a similar platform that instead focuses on longitudinal health data, so our platforms complement one another very well” said Professor George Church, co-founder of Nebula Genomics and professor at both Harvard and MIT.
Avengers actor Robert Downey Jr. will executive produce and host a new video series about AI exclusively for YouTube Red subscription service.
The new, untitled webseries will have eight, each an hour long, and will feature interviews with experts in science, technology, futurism, philosophy and entertainment about the current state of AI, and where it’s headed.
The new Google News on iOS is similar to the one you’ll find on Android. It centers around using machine learning to train algorithms to comb through complex, fast-breaking news stories and break them down in easy-to-understand formats like chronological timelines, local news aggregation, and stories presented in a developing and evolving
The news: Behold RoboFly, a laser-powered robot built by University of Washington researchers that weighs in at slightly more than a toothpick. Too small for propellers, this teensy-weensy bot takes off by rapidly flapping its wings.
The challenge: Insect-bots require a relatively large
amount of power to move their wings fast enough to take off. Batteries are too large and heavy to fly, so previous robots of this size had to be plugged in. The solution: A laser pointed at a photovoltaic cell provides the RoboFly with electricity, which is then boosted by a specially designed circuit board. The laser has to be within seven feet of the robot, so don’t expect these little bugs to be flying too far anytime soon.