Untitled fit 4Selected automatically each day from over forty sources, iCog Labs brings you news and stories on the latest discoveries and developments related to Artificial Intelligence and other hi-tech projects. Our coverage includes major newspapers and magazines of science.


Google Achieves AI ‘breakthrough’ by Beating Go Champion

Deep Mind-iCog-labs-AI-Go-ChampionA Google artificial intelligence program has beaten the European champion of the board game Go. There are more possible positions in Go than atoms in the universe and it can be very difficult to determine who is winning, and many of the top human players rely on instinct… read more

Scientists Get ‘gene editing’ Go-ahead

embryo-iCog-Labs-genetics-bbcUK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos. It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it. read more


They’re Racking up the Miles, but Are Self-Driving Cars Getting Safer?

google-self-driving-car-icog-labsGoogle now has a fleet of 53 cars operating day and night, and they have logged 1.3 million miles of autonomous driving. Google is required by California state law to report “disengagements”—that is, times when either the computer has handed control of the car back to the driver, or the driver has taken over on his own. read more

This $40,000 Robotic Exoskeleton Lets the Paralyzed Walk

exoskeleton-iCog-labsThe suit returns movement to wearers’ hips and knees with small motors attached to standard orthotics. Wearers can control the movement of each leg and walk at up to 1.1 miles per hour by pushing buttons integrated into a pair of crutches. The Exoskeletons are coming… read more

Will Machines Eliminate Us?

machines-AI-iCog-LabsPeople who worry that we’re on the course to invent dangerously intelligent machines are misunderstanding the state of computer science. The startling capabilities that deep learning has given computers in recent years, from human-level voice recognition and image classification to basic conversational skills, have prompted warnings about the progress AI is making toward matching, or perhaps surpassing, human intelligence. read more

World’s First ‘Robot Run’ Farm to Open in Japan

A Japanese firm said on Monday it will open the world’s first fully automated farm with robots handling almost every step of the process, from watering seedlings to harvesting crops. Kyoto-based Spread said the indoor grow house will start operating by the middle of 2017 and produce 30,000 heads of lettuce a day. read more

Robots Learning to Cook by Watching YouTube Videos

A robot cookIn the hierarchy of things that I want robots to do for me, cooking dinner is right up there with doing the laundry and driving my car. And writing all my articles. Seems that we can all just sit back and let them learn things by watching videos on YouTube. read more

IBM Says Watson Can Help Declutter Your In-Box

Watson on social networkIBM’s new messaging software uses algorithms to learn how to organize your e-mail better. After Verse is launched as a product sometime this spring, IBM plans to add a personal assistant powered by the Watson software that beat two human Jeopardy! champions in 2011. The finished version of the service will be free for personal or small-business use. read more

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence

Our AI fear

A true AI might ruin the world—but that assumes it’s possible at all. The question “Can a machine think?” has shadowed computer science from its beginnings. Because people would be unable to compete with an advanced AI, it “could spell the end of the human race.” read more

 Voxel8: The World’s First 3D Electronics Printer

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Voxel8 has created the world’s first 3D electronics printer from the ground-up. Novel conductive materials and 3D printing technology from the Lewis Research Group at Harvard University. read more

Groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Ebola Drugs’ Effectiveness 150 Times Faster


A Canadian research team, hunting for new Ebola treatments has developed a cutting edge artificial intelligence, capable of predicting the effect of new drugs 150 times faster than current methods. read more


A Brain-Inspired Chip Takes to the Sky

HRL neuromorphic chip

An experiment involving a chip on a small drone shows how hardware modeled on the brain could provide useful intelligence. read more

Google Glass May Have a Blind Spot, Study Says

A recent publication of JAMA states, “The device created a clinically meaningful visual field obstruction in the upper right quadrant,”. read more

Step Toward Quantum Computers: Two Photons Strongly Coupled by Glass Fiber

Scientists have now created the strongest possible coupling of only two photons — an important achievement for quantum optics. read more

Our Machine Masters

The age of artificial intelligence is finally at hand. Will we master it, or will it master us? read more

Google’s Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a “Neural Turing Machine”

Deepmind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain. read more


We Are Playing God with a Declassified Future [Excerpt]

technology revolution

The convergence of nanotechnology, biology, information technology, additive manufacturing, AI, new materials and robotics means we no longer have to wait for natural selection to change our lives. read more

Google Glass Can Now Display Captions For Hard-of-Hearing Users

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a speech-to-text Android app for Google Glass that displays captions for hard-of-hearing persons when someone is talking to them in person. read more

“Glass Brain” Offers Tours of the Space Between Your Ears

These “Glass Brain” visualizations use imaging and advanced computing systems to depict in colorful detail the fiber pathways that make Hart’s brain tick. The researchers behind the project hope it will also form the basis of a new type of tool for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders. read more

Robot Researcher Combines Nature to Nurture ‘Superhuman’ Navigation

Researchers are investigating realistic navigation for robots using computer modeling of the human eye and the brain of a rat. “This is a very Frankenstein type of project,” Dr Milford said. read more

EmTech: Qualcomm Working to Build Artificial Intelligence Into Smartphones

Future smartphones will be able to understand what you’re taking photos of and recognize faces, says mobile chip maker Qualcomm. Researchers working to make a powerful new approach to artificial intelligence known as deep learning a standard feature of mobile devices. read more

Kiss or kill: What Robots Can Do for Humanity

A human kiss can be delivered long-distance by a humanoid go-between… if it doesn’t decide to blow you to pieces first. Those are just some of the innovations in robotics showcased at a festival in Sheffield this week. read more

Mimicking Brain Cells to Boost Computer Memory Power

Researchers have brought ultra-fast, nano-scale data storage within striking reach, using technology that mimics the human brain. The researchers have built a novel nano-structure that offers a new platform for the development of highly stable and reliable nanoscale memory devices. read more

New Frontier in Error-Correcting Codes 

To keep the complexity down, Ghaffari and Haeupler adopted a technique called list decoding. Rather than iterating back and forth between message bits and extra bits until the single most probable interpretation emerges, their algorithm iterates just long enough to create a list of likely candidates. read more

Technology Takes The Road

Google’s driverless car may still be a work in progress, but the potential for semi autonomous vehicles on American roads is no longer the stuff of science fiction. read more

Will Superintelligent AIs Be Our Doom?

Over the coming years and decades, AI systems become gradually more capable and as a consequence find increasing real-world applications: They might be used to operate trains, cars, industrial and household robots, and autonomous military vehicles. read more

RoboThespian: the First Commercial Robot that Behaves Like a Person

British company Engineered Arts’ creation can hold eye contact with you, perform Singin’ in the Rain – and even guess your age. read more

Smarter Software Speeds Up Smartphone Charging

One of the most frustrating things about smartphones—how long they take to recharge—could soon be one-third as frustrating. A start-up called Qnovo, based in Newark, California, uses a technology that constantly checks and adjusts the flow of power during recharging to charge batteries faster and increase their lifespans. read more

Zoom in and Out as the Brain Processes Sound

More recently, a technique called two-photon microscopy has allowed researchers to focus in on minute slices of the live mouse brain, observing activity in unprecedented detail. This newer approach has suggested that the precise arrangement of bands might be an illusion. read more

Scientists Bypass Spinal Column Non-invasively to Trigger Walking

Japanese researchers have created an “artificial neural connection” (ANC) from the brain directly to the spinal locomotion center in the lower thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine, potentially one day allowing patients with spinal-cord damage, such as paraplegics, to walk. read more

Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask

When Apple announced the iPhone 4S on October 4, 2011, the headlines were not about its speedy A5 chip or improved camera. Instead they focused on an unusual new feature: an intelligent assistant, dubbed Siri. read more

Computational Linguistics of Twitter Reveals the Existence of Global Superdialects

The first study of dialects on Twitter reveals global patterns that have never been observed before. The work reveals the existence of superdialects on a global scale for the first time. It also demonstrates the power of computational linguistics and how it can be applied to modern forms of communication. read more

New Gadget Helps the Vision-impaired to Read Graphs

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. read more

Designing Nanoparticles that Can Deliver Drugs More Easily

A new study led by MIT materials scientists reveals the reason why gold nanoparticles  can easily slip through cell membranes to deliver drugs directly to target cells. The nanoparticles enter cells by taking advantage of a route normally used in vesicle-vesicle fusion. read more

Open Cog Signed an Agreement with Addis Ababa University (AAU)

Open Cog signed an agreement with Addis Ababa University (AAU). The Major goal of the agreement is to build and maintain a relationship in exposing and cultivating the hidden talent within the Ethiopian developers’ community in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). read more

Muscle-Powered Bio-bots Walk on Command

Engineers have demonstrated a class of walking ‘bio-bots’ powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. read more

Robotic Surgery Opens Up

If the open-source approach to building robot surgeons can cut costs and improve performance, patients will increasingly find them at the other end of the scalpel. A team of researchers is looking to address these issues by developing a robotic surgery system based on hardware designs and software that are freely available. read more

Never Forget a Face: New Algorithm Uses Subtle Change to Make a Face More Memorable

Now your face could be instantly transformed into a more memorable one without the need for an expensive makeover, thanks to an algorithm developed by researchers in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). read more

Computers Can be Hacked Using a High-Frequency Sound

Using the microphones and speakers that come standard in many of today’s laptop computers and mobile devices, hackers can secretly transmit and receive data using high-frequency audio signals that are mostly inaudible to human ears, a new study shows. read more

Fully Functional Loudspeaker is  3D Printed

Cornell researchers have 3D-printed a working loudspeaker, seamlessly integrating the plastic, conductive and magnetic parts, and ready for use almost as soon as it came out of the printer. read more

Artificial Intelligence In Addis

“An AI what”? I mumbled when I first heard of a company working on the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Indeed, it is something unexpected in the horn of Africa. read more

You Can See Who’s Opening Your Emails And Who’s Ignoring Them

Tout is a new email application that can actually tell you if every email you send has been opened by the recipient. read more

Love Connection

Researchers develop algorithm for recommending online dating prospects. University of Iowa researchers may have read more

How to Use Mind-controlled Robots in Manufacturing, Medicine

Researchers are developing brain-computer interface (BCI) devices to mentally control robots. read more

Computer Learns Common Sense From The Internet

Some of the first pieces of common sense a computer ever learned, like the fact that helicopters are found on airfields and babies have eyes, are now available for the public to see online. read more

How to Unlock Life-Changing Technologies

Miniature robots, personalized drugs and other potentially life-changing technologies lie waiting in the laboratory, lacking support. Here’s how to fix the problem. read more

Encryption Prevents Digital Eavesdropping

There are effective ways to encrypt data, whether it is in transit or in storage, but if that data is left in the clear at any point along its path, it is vulnerable to theft or tampering. read more

IBM to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet

Companies, academics and individual software developers will be able to use Watson at a small fraction of the previous cost. read more

Making Robots More Like Us

In a shift away from robots made to perform in factories, designers are putting the “human” into humanoids so that they can safely interact in public. read more

Artificial-intelligence Research Revives its Old Ambitions

A new interdisciplinary research center at MIT, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims at nothing less than unraveling the mystery of intelligence. read more

Carbon nanostructures Grow Under Extreme Particle Bombardment

Nano structures, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, can develop under far extremer plasma conditions than was previously thought. read more

Germ-killing Nanosurface Opens Up New Front in Hygiene

Imagine a hospital room, door handle or kitchen counter top that is free from bacteria—and not one drop of disinfectant or boiling water or dose of microwaves has been needed to zap the germs. read more

Artificial Heart to Pump Human Waste Into Future Robots

A new device capable of pumping human waste into the “engine room” of a self-sustaining robot has been created by a group of Researchers from Bristol. read more

How to Build a Robot Octopus

Smart, strong and flexible, the octopus is an enticing model for an entirely new kind of many-armed, multitalented robot. read more

The Friendly Drone

Policy-makers should talk to experts about how to harness this new technology of ‘autonomous aerial vehicles,’ instead of clipping its wings. read more

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