How Artificial Intelligence is used to find cancer cures


Four out of 10--that's how many Americans the National Cancer Institute estimates will be diagnosed with cancer at some point. While 33 percent of those patients won't live longer than five years, giving them precious little time to find effective treatments, it takes over a decade to bring new cancer drugs to market. The process involves animal testing, human trials and regulatory review--a gantlet through which less than 7 percent of experimental medicines successfully pass. Is it any wonder, then, that there are less than 2,000 Food and Drug Administration-approved pharmaceuticals on the market? Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based biotech research company, hopes to revolutionize drug development by slashing the time necessary for research with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).

What if chatbots could talk?..to each other?


Imagine if your chatbot could talk to other chatbots. Imagine if it had access to the knowledge base of all network participants. Imagine if it could easily monetise its' expertise. The Hut34 Project is building the world first blockchain based interbot network where chatbots, A.I, IoT and other devices can connect, route, resolve and monetise.

By 2050, A.I. will have the same ability to learn as humans, says billionaire tech investor


Breyer was an early investor in Facebook and Etsy and is as a billionaire three times over, according to Forbes. He's especially interested in artificial intelligence, and as a top-tier investor, Breyer spends much of his time traveling around the world learning from the smartest people in the industry so he can back the best new companies. "When I visit campuses and speak to the AI experts, there is a median year of 2050 where they think the self-learning capability of AI will be singular and will be at human-level intelligence," says Breyer, speaking at CNBC and Institutional Investor's Delivering Alpha conference in New York City. There are a lot of people who don't think that is the case. It is median data from some of the best AI researchers in the world."

Artificial Intelligence and government regulation


We are moving rapidly towards a world where robots and artificial intelligence (AI) systems are connected to and influenced by social media, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data. Technological developments are moving fast, and AI has many governments concerned. Given the pace of technological advancement, how do rule-makers set legislation for AI while allowing the safe evolution of technology? Who thinks about and enforces these guidelines, and what work is being done, or should be done, with governments to craft AI policy?

A Successful Engineer Starts Religion that Worships Artificial Intelligence


Strange religions or philosophies, such as the Church of Cannabis that is dedicated to worshiping marijuana, or Jediism which is inspired by certain elements of Star Wars, often arise and quite quickly are forgotten. Will that be the destiny of the new AI god? Anthony Levandowski, the multi-millionaire engineer who once led Google's self-driving car program, has established a nonprofit religious corporation called "Way of the Future." This religious organization aims to "develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence." The Way of the Future was created in 2015 but it was never reported on until now. Levandowski was co-founder of autonomous trucking company, Otto, which Uber bought in 2016.

Waymo is the first company to give a detailed self-driving safety report to federal officials

Los Angeles Times

To help keep tabs on the safety of driverless cars rolling around U.S. cities, the federal government last year, and again last month, suggested that tech firms and car companies submit safety checklists. None of the companies have done it. Waymo, a self-driving car project spun off from Google, submitted a 43-page safety report to the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday, offering the most detailed description yet of how it -- or any other company -- equips and trains vehicles to avoid the range of mundane and outrageous problems that are part of U.S. driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has suggested a set of 28 "behavioral competencies," or basic things an autonomous vehicle should be able to do. Waymo lists an additional 19 examples of challenges it uses for testing, including that its cars must be able to "detect and respond" to animals, motorcyclists, school buses, slippery roads, unanticipated weather and faded or missing road signs.

The giant robot battle of your dreams is actually happening


Two gigantic robots will battle each other Gundam-style for our amusement -- and it will be streamed. On Oct. 17, the colossal robots Eagle Prime and Kuratas will meet in a violent duel. At least, that's when you can watch a stream of their battle that will last for days. The robots, which are piloted by humans, will attempt to topple each other. This match has been two years in the making.

Industrial cleaning equipment maker Nilfisk goes public


Danish Nilfisk Holding A/S began being listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange under symbol NLFSK after being spun off from NKT A/S, a Danish conglomerate. Nilfisk is one of the world's leading suppliers of professional cleaning equipment with a strong brand and a vision for growth in robotics. Nilfisk expects that 10% of their revenue will come from autonomous machines within the next 5-7 years. In that pursuit, Blue Ocean Robotics and Nilfisk recently announced a strategic partnership to develop a portfolio of intelligent cleaning machines and robots to add to the Nilfisk line of industrial cleaners. "We estimate that approximately 70 percent of the cost of professional cleaning goes to labor.

Cockroach Robot Grows Tail, Does Flips

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

The nice thing about making bio-inspired robots is that you can take inspiration from biology, but you don't have to be constrained by it. Lots of different animals have lots of different adaptations that make them good at lots of different things, but (sadly) there isn't really one SuperAnimal that incorporates all of these adaptations at once. With robots, we can make this happen. UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, headed by Ron Fearing, has years of experience building all kinds of different flavors of robotic roaches, many of which have been modeled fairly closely on actual roaches. However, their latest roachbot (presented at IROS 2017) makes a notable departure from the original insect: It's got a tail, which actual cockroaches don't, meaning that it can flip itself over with ease.