Musk Presents Advances In Its Project To Connect Minds And Machines
For Musk, being able to control the machines with the mind is vital to avoid being overtaken by artificial intelligence. In his words, humans face the risk of being relegated to the role of “domestic cats.”
Billionaire Elon Musk reported that his startup Neuralink is making progress in an interface that connects the brain with computers, which is expected to begin to be tested in people next year.
“We can make a complete brain-machine interface,” Musk said with members of Neuralink at an event in San Francisco to showcase their advances and recruit talent in the fields of software, robotics, neuroscience, among others.
The project can “achieve a kind of symbiosis with artificial intelligence,” said Musk, a futuristic entrepreneur who also heads Tesla and SpaceX.
Musk says that a link that unites minds with machines is vital if people want to avoid being overtaken by artificial intelligence that, according to him, confronts humans at the risk of being relegated to a role of “domestic cats.”
Neuralink showed the first version of a tiny sensor that can be implanted in a brain through a small incision made by a robot specially built to perform this task of high precision.
“They are mini electrodes, and the robot implants them delicately,” said Musk, noting that there may be thousands of these electrodes connected to a brain.
“It’s something that will not be stressful to place, that will work well and does not require physical connections,” he said.
The chip will communicate by air with a hearing aid that sends information to a smartphone application, according to Neuralink.
For now, the goal is for a person with implants to control the phone with thoughts, but the technology can eventually be extended to other devices, such as robotic arms.
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“It has tremendous potential,” said Musk. “We hope to have it in a human patient before the end of next year.”
According to a Neuralink neurosurgeon, one of the first objectives of this technology is to treat patients with neurological diseases. But in the long term, it is to make the implants so safe, reliable and straightforward that they can enter the field of elective surgery for those who want to empower their brain with the power of a computer.
Musk said that the goal is to place one of these implants in the brain is a procedure as simple as a laser eye surgery.
Here the transmission of the event in which the advances of Neuralink was presented.
South Korean TV Station Introduces An Artificial Intelligence-Based Host
Even though today many of us often read news from online media sites, the presence of presenters on television is still needed. This is because the host must have his own expertise to read the news so that it can attract the attention of the audience.
However, in this era of sophisticated technology, of course, there is a possibility that the work of this presenter can be replaced by modern technology. One of them is Artificial Intelligence.
This was also directly proven by a television station from South Korea called MBN News, where recently his party had exhibited an AI-based presenter who came under the name AI Kim and became the first host in South Korea to be developed using AI.
It is known that AI Kim or who has the full name AI Kim Ju-Ha was made based on the original presenter who worked at MBN News, namely Kim Ju-Ha. It was stated that the AI took about 10 hours to identify Kim Ju-Ha’s voice, speech, and body movements.
“I was created using deep learning technology by studying Kim Ju-Ha’s videos starting from the way he spoke, the sound he produced, the facial expressions, the movements of the lips, and how his body moved. I can deliver the exact same news as Kim Ju-Ha did, “said AI Kim Ju-Ha in his introduction.
It appears that AI Kim Ju-Ha can indeed speak very fluently like a real human. Even if we weren’t told that it was an AI, we probably wouldn’t even notice!
This elastic sensor technology can make robots and VR feel like a human
The development of VR (Virtual Reality) technology is currently quite great, where there are many things that have been presented using this technology. But currently, there is still a barrier between the VR world and the real world, the barrier is that we can’t touch objects in the VR world.
This is what makes researchers from Cornell University interested in developing sensors that can detect objects in the real world and can later be displayed in VR. This technology comes in the form of an elastic glove which is equipped with several sensors on the fingers.
Not only is it useful for humans, but this technology is also known to be used by robots so that they can sense objects in the real world. Maybe in the future, the robots will be able to find out what object they are holding by using these sensors.
Rob Shepherd as the head of the research said that at this time the technology had begun to be completed. Although it is quite difficult to gauge what touch feels like in the real world, these technologists allow them to make interaction relationships, especially for touch.
In addition, Shepherd also said that this technology would also be very useful for the development of VR and AR-based on motion capture. Because this sensor can tell how much pressure to apply when doing something, for example when repairing a car and changing its wheels.
OmniVision Introduces 64MP Sensor With 1.0µm Pixels
Last February, OmniVision launched a 64 MP 1 / 1.7 sensor, which has 0.8 µm pixels. And now, the company is releasing a sensor that’s bigger than ever again, which is 64MP 1 / 1.34 and has 1.0µm pixels. Interestingly, this sensor can be used in ultrawide screens.
The pixels, which are larger than OmniVision OV64A, are 60% more sensitive to light compared to 0.8 µm pixels. Naturally, it has a 4-cell (aka Quad Bayer) color filter for pixel binning.
While it can output 8K videos at 30fps, the more interesting mode is 4K with 4-in-1 binning which results in sizable 2.0µm pixels. Especially when used for photos, this same binning mode can produce 16MP images.
This sensor also supports HDR which is even brighter and processes the HDR image faster than before.
Not only that, this sensor can provide them with a stable 4K 120 FPS and also offers 1080p 240 FPS and 720p 480FPS modes.
Reportedly this sensor will be delivered before this year ends which is possible in 2021, some mid-range and high-end phones can use this sensor.
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