Age of Robots Magazine (Jan-Feb 2018)

Age of Robots Vol 1, No. 2

Content Includes:

  • The latest news and research on the AI front including AI making AI better than we can
  • Advancements in soft robotics
  • Improving devices at the molecular level
  • Ending aging – an interview with Aubrey de Grey on combatting aging.
  • The latest research on technology fighting diseases
  • The impact of AI on work and the creation of new jobs
  • Global, ethical, and legal concerns of autonomous warfare
  • How to thrive in an age of AI and the human touch
  • Battery-powered transport is big business and the future
  • SpaceX and the BFR
  • Peter Bishop interview about foresight and the future
  • Learning about robotics with Prof. Peter Corke

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In this issue…

We are introducing a new section this year called Foresight – a look into the future with leading futurist Dr. Peter Bishop. This issue we start with a short article by Dr. Bishop and an interview to find out a little of the history of the futurist and what is being done to educate the next generation.

Ending Aging – An interview with Aubrey de Grey by Mark Sackler. Mark catches up with aging expert Aubrey de Grey who is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of human biological rejuvenation. He’s on a quest to extend our lives and he explains some of that journey in this interview.

The latest in biotechnology including: Using smartphones and a lab-on-a-chip to detect multiple pathogens; smartphones become a powerful microscope; using pain meds to kill cancer cells; open-source machine learning to fight cancer; and a smartphone based app and test kit to detect an autoimmune disease.

Engineers use 3D printing with programmed cells in a “living tattoo”; 3D printing 10X faster than current technology; Printing with bacteria-containing ink to create mini biochemical factories!

SpaceX has completed more missions than any competitor while innovating the entire approach to rocket design. We look at the BFR and the dream of getting us to Mars.

Robot Academy with Peter Corke: Why robots are important. Prof. Peter Corke takes us on a brief history of recent robotic technology and how robots fit into society. He then talks briefly about what artificial intelligence is. Great primer for young people wanting to get into robotics.

This issue we look at soft robotics. We generally think of robots as metal containers full of electronics – like C3PO, R2-D2, and that helpful robot from Lost in Space.

But innovative design and creative thinking has opened up a whole new palate of materials from which robot creators are forming new and more flexible machines that can better emulate living organisms and therefore be more adaptive.

How to thrive in the age of AI by Dr. David Van Nuys. David talks about the AI landscape and what sort of focus we should be having to survive the AI revolution.

Technology Provides the Human Touch That’s Missing When There Aren’t Enough Humans by AJung Moon. Personal care is one of the world’s fastest growing occupations but when there are not enough humans to do the job technology is there to help provide the human touch.

This issue we look at how nanotechnology is improving devices and the current research and development that is going on in that space: Carbon nanotubes; nanoelectronics; nanomagnets; and more.

Batteries Included: The accelerated development of battery-powered transport. We take a look at battery powered craft, from container ships, to commercial aircraft, it seems everything in transport is going electric!

Global, Ethical, and Legal Concerns of Autonomous Warfare by Todd Hatcher. Todd Hatcher takes a look at the world of autonomous and lethal weapons that are being developed and what measures are there to put legal and ethical constraints on such systems and the people that operate them.

The Impact of Machines on Jobs. There is no doubt that automation and AI are going to take away jobs, but what new opportunities will rise in place of the outdated work? We have a look at the possibilities.