Queen agrees Harry and Meghan 'transition period' Why the 2021 Rugby League World Cup is different Talks involving the Queen, Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge to discuss the couple's future were held on Monday at the Queen's Sandringham estate. … [Read more...] about Prince Harry on first royal duty since talks with Queen
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Crucially, according to IBM whizz David Gondek, Watson has the ability to learn, and so engineers have been feeding it with tens of thousands of books' worth of information. "Just like the other contestants, Watson has been studying up," said Gondek last month. He didn't mention whether Watson had yet been exposed to military textbooks, or karate manuals – but the machine had been let loose on reams of information culled from the internet, especially to analyse human interaction and better learn how people speak. … [Read more...] about Meet Watson, the computer set to outsmart the champions of Jeopardy!
Even the extraordinary biotechnology that lies behind the creation of the synthetic DNA in Dr Venter's laboratory, astonishing as it appears to his lay audience, turns out to be rather less dazzling compared with, say, research at Harvard, where another nobel laureate, Dr Jack Szostak, is not creating synthetic life so much as reimagining what at its most basic life might be – not the minimal genome, but the even more challenging minimal cell. Some even dispute whether a synthetic genome inserted into a pre-existing bacterial cell constitutes a new life form at all. Yet despite this current debate, it seems at least possible that in our children's lifetimes, if not our own, synthetic life forms will have become indispensable servants of our search to sustain our way of living. … [Read more...] about Synthetic cells: It’s life, but not as we know it
The issue is autonomous strike – that is, a robot making its own firing decision – and here opinions differ. An MoD spokesperson told me via email that, in attack roles, "there will remain an enduring need for appropriately trained human involvement" in operating UAVs "for the foreseeable future". Dahm believes the USAF holds the same view, though it appears to be lost in its latest UAV Flight Plan. "Increasingly, humans will no longer be 'in the loop' but rather 'on the loop' – monitoring the execution of certain decisions," it reads. "Simultaneously, advances in AI will enable systems to make combat decisions… without necessarily requiring human input." It adds, however: "Authorising a machine to make lethal combat decisions is contingent upon political and military leaders resolving legal and ethical questions." … [Read more...] about Rise of the robots and the future of war
Nao has been programmed to mimic the emotional skills of a one-year-old child, learning and interpreting specific cues from humans and responding accordingly. He can use video cameras to work out how close a person comes and sensors to detect how tactile they are. "If you want to tell the robot it's doing well, you might show your face or smile or you might pat them on the head," said Cañamero. … [Read more...] about First robot able to develop and show emotions is unveiled