Episode 7 – Hamster Powered AI

In this edition, the top news starts with:

An epic example of using hype for something that has been around a long time, where they use consensus methods based on humans to seem like some magic AI system. Instead of looking at Unanimous AI, companies should probably look at Musk’s new company looking at how to combine human and artificial intelligence. 


Another example of the problem caused by hype in the AI field, this online discussion and related posts on AI being at a big bang moment is compounding irrational fears of AI.


Supporting the long-term goal of super longevity, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has funded a body on a chip microfluidic system that could revolutionize biotech; in particular, drug evaluation.

Captain obvious strikes again, showing how a moth’s brain is smarter than narrow AI, as currently constituted.


With Moore’s law expected to fail soon, several companies are developing optical computer processors and hoping to have such CPU’s in market in the next 5 years.


Additionally, in an effort to keep Moore’s law afloat, we are seeing several initiatives around Neuromorphic chips, chips with neural networks and related chip architectures being developed.



DeepMind published a paper around work they are doing called PathNet that is essentially a neural network of neural networks that makes transfer learning more efficient in AI systems.


Ubisoft is using AI at several levels from game testing to in-game work and as well as seeing where various AI technologies can be applied in real life. One interesting application is in using game technology to train AI for real-world scenarios.


On a serious note: an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian. The outcome of this accident is likely to create seminal case law or be the start of that process regarding self-driving cars. While the case is still under investigation, there is mixed response from the various companies in the space developing these sorts of vehicles.


In the ad war it seems Intel is still on top on Bing but Watson has chilled in terms of Ad Words on Google.

Lastly, the Singularity Index or S.I. is up slightly at 996.05.
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