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Will OpenAI make artificial intelligence safer?

Will OpenAI make artificial intelligence safer?
The debate about the danger of artificial intelligence has always existed, but no one can stop the development of AI. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is one of those who has repeatedly expressed his concerns about the misuse of artificial intelligence. However, Musk funded a non-profit artificial intelligence research lab called openAI in 2015. Without any doubt, the wish of Musk is good, he wants to reduce the potential danger to the minimum. But will that work? OpenAI says that their goal is to 'advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole...
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NASA awards two R5 Valkyrie robots to MIT and Northeastern University

NASA awards two R5 Valkyrie robots to MIT and Northeastern University
The Valkyrie robot, also known as the R5 robot, is a humanoid robot designed by NASA to perform disaster-relief maneuvers in space missions. Recently NASA Awards Two R5 Valkyrie robot prototypes to two universities - MIT and Northeastern University - for advanced research and development work. In June 2015, NASA published the news NASA looks to University Robotics Groups to Advance Latest Humanoid Robot. After a competitive selection process from groups entered in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, two robotics groups from MIT and Northeastern Universi...
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Gene network coded for cognitive ability is identified

Gene network coded for cognitive ability is identified
It's widely acknowledged that both genes and the environment play a role in the variation of people's cognitive abilities and linking specific genes to people's cognitive abilities has proved extremely hard. However, a brand new study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience reveals that a genetic network inside part of the brain might indeed be the genes researchers have been searching for. As opposed to taking a look at how individual genes which could possibly be linked to certain neurological attributes, the research group from Duke-NUS Medical School and Imperial College London use...
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Scientists build artificial neuron that mimics function of human cells

Scientists build artificial neuron that mimics function of human cells
Using organic bioelectronics, a fully functional artificial neuron was created by scientist at Karolinska Institute. The artificial neuron can transmit signals the same way a real human nerve cell do even though there is no real living cell contained. Neuron cells are isolated from each other and they transmit signals by chemical signals. The chemical substance used are commonly called neurotransmitters or signal substances. Inside a neuron, these chemical signals are converted to an electrical action potential, which travels along the axon of  the neuron until it reaches the end, which is ...
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Self-awareness can be achieved by programming

Self-awareness can be achieved by programming
In Rensselaer Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning (RAIR) Laboratory, three cute Nao robots accomplished a test of self-awareness. Although the test may seem simple to human beings, it is considered a huge advancement by Artificial Intelligence community because this test shows that self-awareness can be achieved by programming. Let's first look at what these Nao robots have done: The three humanoid Nao robot were programmed to think that two of them had been silenced by a button, but none of them know which two of them were silenced. After the tester pressed the silence button of two of t...
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Hyperconnected neural networks are found in the brain of compulsive gamers

Hyperconnected neural networks are found in the brain of compulsive gamers
A collaborated research between the University of Utah School of Medicine, and Chung-Ang University in South Korea finds out that hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks exists in the brain of compulsive gamers. The researchers also point out that  Most of the differences they see in the brain of compulsive gamers could be considered beneficial. However the good changes could be inseparable from problems that come with them. Those with Internet gaming disorder are obsessed with video games, often to the extent that they give up eating and sleeping to play. This study repor...
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Scientists Put A Worm’s Mind Into A Robot’s Body

Scientists Put A Worm’s Mind Into A Robot’s Body
Beneath the skin of a simple worm with transparent skin, there are 302 neurons that have been mapped meticulously by researchers in what is known as a connectome. This tiny, one millimeter-long worm has been studied in laboratories around the world, and now it's nervous system has been transplanted into the body of a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot. The worm they used is Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). Why? According to OpenWorm—an organization dedicated to creating the world’s first virtual organism in a computer—to understand the human brain, we must first be able to comprehend a simple wo...
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