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2014-2100 : confessions d'un enfant du siècle Google - Télérama.fr

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2014-2100 : confessions d'un enfant du siècle Google
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Au mitan des années 2010, Ray Kurzweil, le directeur de l'ingénierie de Google, affirmait sans trembler du menton que les machines seraient capables de passer le test de Turing en 2029.
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Processors That Work Like Brains Will Accelerate Artificial Intelligence

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“ Microchips modeled on the brain may excel at tasks that baffle today’s computers.”
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Computer Chips in Your Brain

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Imagine a world where information can be downloaded straight to your brain. It's not as unrealistic as you might think.


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Marcin Piotr Świderski's curator insight, November 25, 2013 4:08 PM

It sounds pretty insane - but just think of it - how cool would it be...

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Pills of the future: Scientists develop way to successfully give nanoparticle therapeutics orally

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Drugs delivered by nanoparticles hold promise for targeted treatment of many diseases, including cancer. However, the particles have to be injected into patients, which has limited their usefulness so far.

Now, researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have developed a new type of nanoparticle that can be delivered orally and absorbed through the digestive tract, allowing patients to simply take a pill instead of receiving injections.

In a paper appearing in the Nov. 27 online edition of Science Translational Medicine, the researchers used the particles to demonstrate oral delivery of insulin in mice, but they say the particles could be used to carry any kind of drug that can be encapsulated in a nanoparticle. The new nanoparticles are coated with antibodies that act as a key to unlock receptors found on the surfaces of cells that line the intestine, allowing the nanoparticles to break through the intestinal walls and enter the bloodstream.

This type of drug delivery could be especially useful in developing new treatments for conditions such as high cholesterol or arthritis. Patients with those diseases would be much more likely to take pills regularly than to make frequent visits to a doctor's office to receive nanoparticle injections, say the researchers.


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MÉDECINE RÉGÉNÉRATIVE: Lin28, le gène juvénile qui répare et cicatrise – Cell

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Cheveux, cartilage, os, tissus mous, en contribuant à l’amélioration du métabolisme cellulaire, ce gène vient d’être identifié par des scientifiques de l’Hôpital pour enfants de Boston, comme un gène clé de la réparation des tissus.

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Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

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Computers have entered the age when they are able to learn from their own mistakes, a development that is about to turn the digital world on its head.


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VendorFit's curator insight, December 31, 2013 3:27 PM

Artificial intelligence is the holy grail of technological achievment, creating an entity that can learn from its own mistakes and can (independently of programmer intervention) develop new routines and programs.  The New York Times claims that the first ever "learning" computer chip is to be released in 2014, an innovation that has profound consequences for the tech market.  When these devices become cheaper, this should allow for robotics and device manufacture that incorporates more detailed sensory input and can parse real objects, like faces, from background noise. 

Laura E. Mirian, PhD's curator insight, January 10, 2014 1:16 PM

The Singularity is not far away

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Google Acquires Seven Robot Companies, Wants to Play a Big Role in Robotics

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A few months ago, Andy Rubin, the engineer who spearheaded the development of Android at Google, initiated a new robotics effort at the company. Rubin, who is personally interested in robots, now wants Google to have a major role in making new kinds of robotics happen. Not just robotic cars, but actual real robots. A recent article in the New York Times has revealed more about Google's plans. According to the article, Google is funding a major new robotics group, and that includes acquiring a bunch of robotics startups:


Among the companies are Schaft, a small team of Japanese roboticists who recently left Tokyo University to develop a humanoid robot, and Industrial Perception, a start-up here that has developed computer vision systems and robot arms for loading and unloading trucks. Also acquired were Meka and Redwood Robotics, makers of humanoid robots and robot arms in San Francisco, and Bot & Dolly, a maker of robotic camera systems that were recently used to create special effects in the movie “Gravity.” A related firm, Autofuss, which focuses on advertising and design, and Holomni, a small design firm that makes high-tech wheels, were acquired as well.

 


The seven companies are capable of creating technologies needed to build a mobile, dexterous robot. Mr. Rubin said he was pursuing additional acquisitions.

 

 

Some brief highlights:

Schaft is one of the Track A teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge with their own custom robot based on the HRP-2.Industrial Perception spun out of Willow Garage back in March of 2012; read our Startup Spotlight post on them here.Meka Robotics builds research robots with series elastic actuators in them; they're probably best known for the M1 humanoid (pictured above in front of the Google logo) and Dreamer, which you can read about here.Redwood Robotics is (was) a collaboration between Willow Garage, SRI, and Meka that was supposedly designing a very low cost robotic arm. We've been asking around and haven't heard much for the last year or so, maybe now we know why.And of course, there's Bot & Dolly, which uses robot arms for precise and repeatable camera control, making things way more awesome than "precise and repeatable camera control" probably makes you think of.

 

Obviously, we're curious about what other acquisitions Rubin is pursuing, and more generally, just what Google is actually working on. Fortunately for us, the Google robotics group will at least initially be based right here in Palo Alto, meaning that I'll get a chance to put my spy drones and ninja outfit to good use.


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Antonio Marcos Alberti's curator insight, December 12, 2013 3:02 PM

A guess: probably, they are looking for hardware to implement the embodiment of their AI solutions - mainly being designed by Kurzweil. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, December 12, 2013 3:08 PM

It's too soon to think Terminator, Matrix, and "I, Robot" - but not too soon to see a trend developing to make robots a reality in our daily lives, beyond that of manufacturing. ~  D 

Laura E. Mirian, PhD's curator insight, December 12, 2013 11:44 PM

THE SINGULARITY IS GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER

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DARPA Wants to Fix Broken Brains, Restore Lost Memories

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At the Society for Neuroscience meeting earlier this month in San Diego, California, Science sat down with Geoffrey Ling, deputy director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to discuss the agency’s plans for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a neuroscience research effort put forth by President Barack Obama earlier this year. So far, DARPA has released two calls for grant applications, with at least one more likely: The first, calledSUBNETS (Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies), asks researchers to develop novel, wireless devices, such as deep brain stimulators, that can cure neurological disorders such as posttraumatic stress (PTS), major depression, and chronic pain. The second,RAM (Restoring Active Memory), calls for a separate wireless device that repairs brain damage and restores memory loss.


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The Bio-intelligence Explosion – David Pearce

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How recursively self-improving organic robots will modify their own source code and bootstrap our way to full-spectrum


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Singularité technologique, Singularité théologique : la possibilité d’une théogonie

Mon but, dans cet article, est d’argumenter en faveur de la thèse suivante : du point de vue du matérialiste athée, c'est-à-dire pour celui qui nie l’existence actuelle et passée d’un Dieu et admet la thèse selon laquelle rien n’existe en dehors de l’Univers matériel, une théogonie, entendue comme l’engendrement (au sens d’avènement) d’un Dieu, ou du moins d’un être de type divin, constitue une possibilité à prendre au sérieux.
Si cette possibilité est à prendre au sérieux, ce n’est pas en vertu d’un raisonnement métaphysique. Mon argumentation prend plutôt pour point de départ la considération de possibles progrès technologiques futurs de l’humanité ;progrès considérés par ceux qui prévoient l’avènement d’une «Singularité Technologique». C’est en prolongeant les réflexions déjà entamées par les penseurs de cette Singularité que j’en viendrai à avancer la thèse selon laquelle il se peut que l’humanité parvienne, dans le futur, à un niveau de sophistication technologique et d’organisation fonctionnelle telle qu’elle puisse en arriver à engendrer un être de type divin.

 


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