Early this year AI system AlphaGo cracked the ancient Chinese game Go, one of the most complex that ever existed. If there is one thing that fuels the speed of AI development, it's data. In 2011, Benjamin Grosser launched his Interactive Robotic Painting Machine, which paints abstract pictures with oil on canvas and responds to the sounds in its environment. That way Google's AI will be able to learn how creative people work, making itself more creative in the process.
Recently an AI-written novel made it past the first screening round of a Japanese national literary prize. True, the AI still had help from humans and no, it did not win the prize in the end. But what's groundbreaking here, is that AI is starting to display forms of creativity that have the potential to change the face of humankind. Many of us believe that creativity is one of the last beacons of humanity. It's what we believe distances us from animals and robots.
A parametrically designed, intelligent light canopy placed in the atrium of the Philips Lighting Headquarters in The Netherlands helps people get in the mood for work, relaxation and interaction. Architecture firm LAVA collaborated with INBO and JHK to adapt the existing 1950s building Eindhoven for the new headquarters to design an installation that showcases the impact of lighting on how people use office buildings. The large light sculpture comprises 1,500 pyramid-shaped panels suspended from the ceiling to filter golden light like tree leaves. It covers the entire atrium space, which once functioned as the central courtyard of the mid 20th century building. The panels were programmed using low-level artificial intelligence to create daily light scenarios that give people a sense of time and showcase the company's innovative, people-centric lighting technology.
BetaList features the newest startups. Today, we take a closer look at a smart closet that learns from you and helps you decide what to wear. Submit your startup to get featured too. Tailor is a smart closet that uses miniature sensors called'TailorTags' which are embedded in your clothing to detect the items you own and track the garments you wear on a daily basis. Based on what you choose to wear each day, Tailor can learn from you to understand your style and how you like to dress on different occasions.
Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like…Angry Birds. Half of school dropouts name boredom as the number one reason they left. The post is about why the future of education will be about flipping our current model on its head and about how key exponential technologies like AI, VR and gamification are going to drive a revolution in education. In the traditional education system, you start at an "A," and every time you get something wrong, your score gets lower and lower. You start with zero, and every time you come up with something right, your score gets higher and higher. It completely flips the way we currently learn, and it's addictively fun.
According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released in 2011, about 820,000 women and men aged 15-24 were newly infected with HIV in developing countries. Over 60% of these were women. Among so many other challenges, developing countries are plagued with serious reproductive health illnesses such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies, and complications from childbirth. A key priority for policymakers, researchers, and health care providers working in developing nations is to emphasize prevention and distribution of information about STIs and other reproductive tract infections (RTIs). This report on Improving Reproductive Health in Developing Countries from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences contains additional information on the topic.
I've looked before at the growing role AI is playing in the development of new medicines, whether it's understanding which compounds to test, or even in the creation of virtual models to test drugs in. At the forefront of this trend is Insilico Medicine, who you may remember I wrote about recently after they'd developed a system that can guess your age accurately just by looking at you. They have certainly been busy and recently published a paper looking at the role of deep learning in predicting the impact drugs might have on the body. The study saw a neural network trained up to predict the therapeutic use of a huge array of drugs. The team measured the differential signaling pathway activation score for a wide range of different pathways to reduce the dimensionality of the data, whilst ensuring that it remained scientifically relevant.
If all you've ever wanted was to mix and match the body parts of a bunch of Toy Story characters to create one giant robot sheriff, your dreams are about to come true. Japanese toy brand Tamashii Nations this week announced its latest "Chogokin" robot, Woody Robo Sheriff Star, which you assemble by transforming figurines of sheriff Woody, trusty steed Bullseye, Rex the dinosaur, Hamm the pig and Slinky Dog. The final robot, with its porky left leg and spiked T-rex tail, will measure over 9 inches tall and sell in November for 170, which converts to about 119 or AU 230. You think this badass Woody Robo Sheriff Star will complain about a snake in his boot?