Age of Robots Magazine (Nov-Dec 2017)

Age of Robots Vol 1, No. 2

Content Includes:

  • AI rewriting the history of malware
  • Peering into the black box
  • Farming without humans
  • Robots in water
  • Smart building robots
  • Human Enhancement
  • Sexual future with robots
  • Humanistic AI
  • Do Robots need a self?
  • Drone Delivery
  • Music by machines
  • The psychology of traveling to Mars


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In this issue…

AI is rewriting the history of malware by Bryan Lares. Bryan talks about the growth of malware and antivirus software and the role of AI in the evolution of malware detection.

Peering into the Black Box. We look at the nature of neural networks and the rather opaque nature of these brain emulating computations.

Music by Machines: AI and the business of making music by Matthew Dahlitz. Matt looks at the latest AI music production outfits—from robots playing marimbas to dedicated software for composers to make their composing and orchestrating easier. It’s a fascinating world of robots making music.

The Future of Human Enhancement by Filip Saric. Filip Saric considers the future of human enhancement. We also look at a new and fast cancer detection probe in Identifying Cancer in Seconds, and a Paper Diagnostic Tool that’s biodegradable.

Fastbrick Robotics has a machine that can lay 1,000 bricks an hour – putting brick layers behind the wheel of a massive vehicle rather than out in the sun handling clay bricks. We also look at automated earthmoving with Built Robotics, robotic painters in Singapore, and better designed articulated arms for heavy machinery from Japan.

Psychological Impact of a Journey to Mars by Todd Hatcher. Todd flys us away to Mars and explains some of the potential psychological difficulties of such a long trip to a destination where crowds are not a problem at all.

Robot Academy with Peter Corke: We start or School of Robotics section this month by talking to Robot Academy founder Prof. Peter Corke. Peter tells us a bit about his journey toward being professor of robotics at QUT. He has an awesome, and free, online academy that we would like to introduce you to.

We make a few comments about the bleak dystopian future of Blade Runner 2049 and some of the technology in the movie.

Mark Sackler reviews the new book LIFE 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Max Tegmark.

Humanistic AI by Dr. David Van Nuys. David talks about humanistic AI and the therapeutic role Siri has played in one autistic boys life.

Do Robots Need a Self? by Dr. Georg Northoff. George asks if robots need a sense of self (and a bit more about the neuroscience of our own sense of self).

Water Robots. We survey a number of robots in the water: microbots that clean waterways of bacteria; robotic eels that can survey rivers and lakes; and a giant subsea snake robot.

New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct by Jennifer Chu. MIT engineers have developed an autonomous robot that can get around in a crowd.

Drone Delivery by Chris Ebbert. Chris writes about commercial drone delivery, some of the pitfalls and some of the advantages. We also look at an autonomous multicopter drone that can carry 500 grams over 2 km and folds down to the size of a football.

Our Sexual Future with Robots: An FRR Consultation Report by Audry DeRobert. Audry takes us through the recent Foundation for Responsible Robotics consultation document about sex with robots.

The Neurological & Psychological Impacts of Social Robotics by Charles Andrew Fritz. Dr. Fritz looks at how we can use robots in a social therapeutic capacity.

Farming in an age of robots. Farming without a human stepping onto the field. It was done by a group of scientists who harvested a crop of barley without anyone actually stepping onto, or riding over, the field. From sowing to reaping, it was all done by automated machines.