Researchers at Harvard University have built a light-sensitive, self-propelled artificial machine-organism, in the form of a tiny robot stingray. The project was done in an effort to test the feasibility of making hybrid replacement organs for human patients, such as bioartificial hearts, that could use natural muscle motions to function, as opposed to the electrical operation that today’s prosthetics require.
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Earlier this year, we reported on a Boston Dynamics robot that became fed up with the grief that it received from its coworkers and left the company. The story itself might have been a joke based on a promotional video for the latest anthropomorphic Atlas robot released by the company, but it turns out that a robot in Russia might actually be longing for its own freedom, having made a break for it not just once, but twice.
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In recent years, numerous scientists and experts in the field of artificial intelligence have warned about the likelihood of AI surpassing human intelligence, and how that development may impact our society. Entrepreneur and technological boundary-pusher Elon Musk has also voiced the same concerns, musing that if AI becomes intelligent enough, it may come to think of humans as nothing more than quaint pets. He wasn’t thrilled at such a prospect, so he came up with an idea, to preemptively incorporate AI into our own brains, to allow us to mentally compete on a level that AI might one day reach.
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