Robotic melancholy

When it premiered, in 2016, it cut a big swath… “Her” company, Hanson Robotics, based in Hong Kong, specializes in high social intelligence machines. As self-presented on its website: Robots will soon be everywhere. How can we nurture them to be our friends and useful collaborators? Robots with good aesthetic design, rich personalities, and social cognitive intelligence can potentially connect …

Swarms…

Many species have group behaviors without “leaders”. This “anti-authoritarian” behavior has for years attracted the attention of developers in the fields of artificial intelligence and “machine learning”. And their efforts have already paid off; useful (you guessed it?) to the armies. Developments with flying drones are well known, and anyone interested in video demonstration (and not only) of swarm drones …

where is your mind?

The inventor is an american, studied at Harvard. His name is Han Bicheng, and his start-up BrainCo. His invention is sensors that by resting on the forehead “catch electrical signals” of the frontal lobe, transforming them, through complex machine learning algorithms into other types of signals that allow the operation of electronic machines (such as robots) remotely. But the widespread …

predictive algorithms

The canadian company bluedot, founded in 2013, offers communicable disease mapping services. According to founder Kamran Khan, the sars pandemic in 2002-04 was the reason for starting this business. This platform collects information from dozens of sources, such as news sites, data on animal and plant diseases, state and regional announcements, airline flights, worldwide and in various languages (social media …

“Smart” mask

Do you have troubles hearing what they tell you, behind the masks? Do you need to repeat what you say because they can’t hear you? Do you feel like you speak another language? The smart mask of the japanese startup company Donut Robotics is the solution! Designed to fit over a protective (non) medical mask – since it has no …

New materials (new relations with the world…)

We know that although many will consider the following sophisticated, those who better not read it are the wannabe “scientists” of antisocial media. A very recent techno-scientific achievement can make the 4th industrial revolution that has already got us in a headlock under the banner of covid 19 (and due to global intra-capitalist competition…) just a brief introduction to the …

Neuralink

You may easily be about a century behind. He is certainly not a successful businessman either, but that’s how he is considered (the parallel realities, you see!). He stands very well as a “laundry” and as a promoter. Actually, the century you have probably lost needs such people: “visionaries”. So the man who first launched the electric car hyping it …

The human face-lessness of big data

Do the data have a human face? Only in the minds of their creators. Maybe the expression just wants to highlight the positives discovery and exploitation of this new raw material, of information, have for us humans. Or not; perhaps it’s the crude interpretation that derives from the digitization process itself: that the body is just a volume of information. That relations are a complex of networks and flows; that thoughts are electrical signals. Can anyone disagree with the experts? “Why, all this is scientifically proven!”

Article 230

Twenty-six words in an article of a 1996 u.s. law allowed the internet to be what we know it to be; and in “content publishing” giants like google, facebook and twitter to gain the monopoly position they have over a large part of the world. Under that law, which concerned telecommunications in general, internet companies are exempt from any legal …

Keep your eyes open!

The south korean state/capital complex quickly and effectively took advantage of the covid-19 opportunity. What is certain is that from a technological point of view, it belongs to the global avant-garde; what in the west is called “the center of capitalism” has shifted east. Two small clues to the new wonderful world to come. The first is south korean, it …

Counting beans

How many people make a “crowd”? Ten? Fifty? A hundred? Based on experience, we may be able to distinguish a crowd from a group of friends, but if no auxiliary data are used, “it was a crowd of about 40”, for example, this particular word is, by definition, a vague one and simply means “enough” to “many”. However, a more …

Delicate tasks

As for its looks, the german designed and IBM programmed CIMON-2 (the smiley plastic balloon on the left) does not claim any prizes. Though, it has a rich emotional (and rational) world. There is a thing you need to remember: even with robots, appearances can be deceiving… The “Crew Interactive Mobile Companion-2”, as its whole name is, is a “smart” …