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Decades ago, if you were writing about robots, it was probably in one of two forms: either a science fiction narrative, or something short about the handful of robots that could be purchased for home or recreational use.
- Home devices can recognize and respond to speech, prosthetic technology has been dramatically advanced, and our very understanding of what constitutes a robot has significantly changed.
- With these advances in technology have come other questions, some pertaining to the nature of intelligence, some relating to the lines between humanity and machines, and still more that use our research into robotics to explore what makes us human.
- So, with that in mind, here’s a look at a handful of the best books on artificial intelligence, dealing with questions of robots, body modification, the Singularity, and more.
- Crank up Flight of the Conchords’s song set after a robot uprising and dig in.
Thinking Machines: 7 of the Best Books on Artificial Intelligence
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- Britain Banks on Robots, Artificial Intelligence to Boost Growth
February 25, 2017, 7:01 PM EST
Britain is betting that the rise of the machines will boost the economy as the country exits the European Union.As part of its strategy to champion specific industries, the U.K. government said in a statement on Sunday that it would invest 17.3 million pounds ($21.6 million) in university research on robotics and artificial intelligence.
- The government cited an estimate from consultancy Accenture that AI could add 654 billion pounds to the U.K. economy by 2035.
- “We are already pioneers in today’s artificial intelligence revolution and the digital strategy will build on our strengths to make sure U.K.-based scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs continue to be at the forefront,” Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said in the statement, which referenced AI’s contribution to smartphone voice and touch recognition technologies.
- The U.K.’s digital strategy proposal, set to be unveiled on Wednesday, also includes a review of AI to determine how the government and industry can provide further support.
- “Investment in robotics and artificial intelligence will help make our economy more competitive, build on our world-leading reputation in these cutting-edge sectors and help us create new products, develop more innovative services and establish better ways of doing business,” Business Secretary Greg Clark said in the statement.
Britain is betting that the rise of the machines will boost the economy as the country exits the European Union.
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- SINGAPORE — In the brave new world of smart homes, Dyson thinks it’s got a way to get a leg up over the competition: artificial intelligence.
- “Almost every product can benefit from AI, lighting, purification, cleaning — everything that you see in a room needs artificial intelligence,” declared Sir James Dyson, its founder said at its launch event.
- Sir James Dyson, speaking at the Singapore launch.Dyson’s already started dipping its toes in the connected home scene.
- My dream is much rather that everything is automatic, and sets itself for you to your preference,” Dyson said.
- Testing has already begun for Dyson’s new home lighting and fan systems, using face and voice recognition to detect the user, then adjusting its temperature and speed to their precise preferences.
Imagine never having to input a setting again.
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- Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, told the BBC: “It’s fantastic to see Google getting closer to the maker community.”
- Google has set up its very own survey and is asking makers what smart tools would be the “most helpful”.
- Google set to bring AI to Raspberry Pi computers
- Google is on its way to bringing artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to computer Raspberry Pi.
- “I’m particularly excited about the prospect of connecting Raspberry Pi to some of the machine learning work coming out of Google DeepMind in London, allowing us to build smart devices that interact in the real world.”
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- MEPs urge the Commission to consider creating a European agency for robotics and artificial intelligence to supply public authorities with technical, ethical and regulatory expertise.
- EU rules for the fast-evolving field of robotics, to settle issues such as compliance with ethical standards and liability for accidents involving driverless cars, should be put forward by the EU Commission, urged the Legal Affairs Committee on Thursday.
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- Researchers use an ingenious design to make a soft robot that moves on its own.
- But the octobot is purposefully minimalist, meant just to show that such a soft robot can be made at all.
- A researcher measures a silicone mixture that will form the body of the octobot.
- The octobot is made out of materials that most microfluidics labs have on hand.
- The platinum ink will help turn liquid hydrogen peroxide into gas to move the tentacles; another ink will pave the way for vessels throughout the bot that the gas will travel through.
Researchers use an ingenious design to make a soft robot that moves on its own.
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