13 – More intelligent infants, automated diagnoses and a new solution for putting together the sequenced genomes

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If you should also be annoyed by the hype around AI and believe that it feeding AI software with more and more data cannot be a solution for all problems, then have a look at this speech by the professor for psychology Gary Marcus .

This week we read NAUTILUS, TechCrunch, MIT Technology Review, WIRED, VentureBeat, The Atlantic, New Scientist, Statnews, Stanford News, Insights  and FastCompany for you and recommend the following articles:


Does the training of a dog and reinforcement learning with a software hafe things in common? Heather Roff,  who investigates the interactions of humans with AI and used to work as an animal trainer, suggests yes. The approach of treating AI like an animal is supposed to teach people the “correct” way to deal with AI and to help understand how they can teach AI new things.
How Understanding Animals Can Help Us Make the Most of Artificial Intelligence / The Conversation, Smithsonian.com / Author: Heather Roff, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford; Research Scientist

Man or Machine? Three alternatives to measure the human-likeness of a handshake model in a Turing-like test. / NAUTILUS and MIT Press / Authors:  Ilana Nisky, Guy Avraham and Amir Karniel

IBM could have a solution to one of self-driving cars’ biggest problems / POPULAR SCIENCE / Author: Rob Verger

A.I. VERSUS M.D. – What happens when diagnosis is automated? / The New Yorker / Author:  

Discussing the limits of artificial intelligence / TechCrunch / Author:  

Elon Musk Isn’t the Only One Trying to Computerize Your Brain / WIRED / Author:  

Elon Musk’s OpenAI Unveils a Simpler Way for Machines to Learn / MIT Technology Review / Author: Tom Simonite

For Google, the AI Talent Race Leads Straight to Canada / WIRED / Author:  

Google’s AI Explosion in One Chart – Surging investment in machine learning is vaulting Google into the scientific stratosphere. / MIT Technology Review / Author:  Antonio Regalado

How to Make a Language Translator – Intro to Deep Learning #11 /

Why AI needs a magic moment / Venture Beat / Author: Graham Cooke is the founder and chief executive officer at Qubit, the pioneer in data-first customer experiences.

Mythic raises $8.8 million to put AI on a chip / Venture Beat

Fixing Big Data’s Blind Spot – Susan Athey wants to help machine-learning applications look beyond correlation and into root causes /  Insights by Stanford Business / Autnor: Ian Chipman


This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years / MIT Technology Review / Author: Emily Mullin


Thanks to the “Hi-C” method the complete genome of the zika-mosquito has now accurately and quickly been pieces together. Originally “Hi-C” was developed for the studying of the form of the human genomes, however, it soon proved to be ideal for piecing together the different genome fragments which arise during the sequencing. Thus, not only the form of the human genomes was investigated thanks to “Hi-C”, it could also be put together for mere $10,000 instead of 4 billion, as it was the case for the first complete sequencing of a human genome about 13 years ago. The next challenge now is to combine the method with the newest sequencing methods which can produce longer and longer DNA-fragments.
The Game-Changing Technique That Cracked the Zika-Mosquito Genome / The Atlantic / Author:  ED YONG

The Unbearable Weirdness of CRISPR – How the genome of a salt-loving microbe led to a world-changing technology / NAUTILUS /  Author:  Veronique Greenwood

Exploring the hidden politics of the quest to live forever / NewScientist / Author: Brendan Byrne

As blockbuster drugs fizzle, biotech looks warily to the next big thing / Statnews/ Author: DAMIAN GARDE @damiangarde


Video projector creates augmented reality with no bulky headset / NewScientist / Author: Victoria Turk

How Palmer Luckey’s departure from Oculus can change VR / Venture Beat / Author: UploadVR


Here are the frontier startups that presented at Singularity University’s third demo day / TechCrunch / Author:  

8 Highlights From The 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards – Bold, visionary projects are leading the way toward improving how we live, eat, and learn / Fast Company / Author: BEN SCHILLER


Stanford researchers adapt a DIY robotics kit to give STEM students tools to automate biology experiments / Stanford News / Author: ANDREW MYERS

We hope you have an enjoyable time reading. And if you have an interesting article which you read or wrote, then please do let us know.

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