Top AI experts warn of a ‘Black Mirror’-esque future with swarms of micro-drones and autonomous …

“Less attention has historically been paid to the ways in which artificial intelligence can be used maliciously,” the report says, and that is cause for concern, say the experts. As AI technology continues to become more powerful and plentiful, security attacks will become less expensive and more easily … More details

Artificial Snakeskin Helps Robots Get Their Slither On

Harvard researchers are developing robots with deformable scaly skin that can move like snakes Photo: Ahmad Rafsanjani/Bertoldi Group/Harvard University Snakes have got to be some of the most creatively mobile animals ever evolved. They can move fast. They can move stealthily. They’re good climbers. They’re good swimmers. They can squeeze into very small holes. Some of them can even fly, a little bit. And all of this despite looking like a lizard that’s missing 100 percent of the limbs that it’s supposed to have. Roboticists have been working on snake robots for a long time, primarily with a focus on versatile mobility in constrained spaces. With that in mind, we’ve seen a variety of limbless robots that can mimic snake “gaits” fairly well. But it’s not just the lack of limbs that makes snakes so special—it’s also their scales. In a new article in Science Robotics this week, researchers from Continue reading Artificial Snakeskin Helps Robots Get Their Slither On

MIT Sandbox’s first acquired startup gives back

In spring 2016, the Institute launched MIT Sandbox, a program that provides fledgling entrepreneurs with funding, mentorship, education, and other support to help shape and launch early-stage ventures. Two years later, the program is celebrating a major entrepreneurial milestone: Escher Reality, an augmented-reality (AR) startup from the first Sandbox cohort, has been acquired by an AR-game-developer giant — and plans to give back to the program that helped it launch. Escher is developing a back-end platform for AR that allows, for the first time, cross-platform and fully multiplayer games. It also enables “persistent experiences,” as the startup calls them, in which an AR game remembers where a user places digital objects in a physical play area — to return to, or for others to find — and recognizes when other users, connected on other devices, interact with those objects. On Feb. 1, the startup announced that it sold to Niantic, Continue reading MIT Sandbox’s first acquired startup gives back

UAE makes artificial intelligence leap

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) wants to be at the heart of the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution and is already testing its mettle as a global tech advocate and innovator. Download this free guide. You will be a robot soon. Every conference this year contains a dead human genius reincarnated as … More details