Smart Skin Will Give Artificial Limbs The Sense Of Touch
Researchers in South Korea have developed a “smart skin” that could give people with prosthetic limbs a sense of touch. In its current form, it doesn’t look like much more than a thick layer of plastic draped over a robotic hand, but it’s implications for the future of prosthetics could be much more significant than its appearance would suggest. The artificial skin can process pressure, temperature and humidity, making it suitable for a range of real-world situations including handshaking, typing, gripping, and sensing dry or wet surfaces. The smart skin even has features built in to make it feel more human-like, including a heating system to make it as warm as living tissue and a similar elasticity and texture to that of human skin. “For prosthetic devices and artificial skin to feel natural, their temperature profile must be controlled to match that of the human body,” the authors write in their paper, published Tuesday in Nature Communications.
Jeff Hawkins Makes A Bold AI Claim – Thinking & Reasoning Computers Here In Five Years
Numenta founder Jeff Hawkins recently told a Silicon Valley conference that he believes his company will successfully produce the first computers which can think and reason on their own,”in less than five years.” Jeff Hawkins, the man behind the first Palm Pilot and the brain-inspired artificial intelligence company Numenta told a Silicon Valley conference recently that he believes his company will successfully produce the first computers which can think and reason on their own. “We’re going to finish this off in less than five years.” he stated. “Once we understand those principles of the neocortex, we can modify them — we don’t need to be true to evolutionary biology. We still have so much to learn about the basics of how biology works. Progress is incremental but also exponential. We’re going to finish this off in less than five years, I believe.”
Military Developing Robotic Soldiers, Hunter-Killer Planes, And Ships That Need No Humans Telling Them What To Do
Modern soldiers are equipped with a wide array of highly sophisticated, computer-enhanced weapons systems that would have been unthinkable just a generation ago. About 40 percent of the U.S. aerial fleet consists of unmanned combat drones, and the Air Force now trains more drone operators than bomber or fighter pilots. Robotic ground vehicles have also flooded the battlefield, with more than 6,000 deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to haul gear, climb over obstacles, and provide advanced reconnaissance. The military is now testing a more advanced version called a Legged Squad Supports Systems robot that looks like a mechanical mule, and can carry 400 pounds of cargo over uneven terrain. With even more futuristic devices in the pipeline, some officials are estimating that up to 25 percent of infantry forces could be replaced by robots in the coming decades. Like aerial drones, most of the current systems are operated by remote control, but experts say some devices will soon be capable of carrying out designated tasks with minimal human oversight.
A.I., Asteroids And Zombies: Just How Will The World End
Both Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have claimed that they believe humanity will end Terminator style thanks to artificial intelligence. If anyone else said this, we would laugh it off but Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are two very intelligent men who most of the world takes seriously. Hawking, a world renowned physicist and Musk, the brains behind Tesla motors, PayPal and Space X, know a thing or two about science. Well, it’s probably not going to be robot armies, but an event called “The Singularity”. This event, which some scientists believe is only decades away, will be when the combined network of the world’s computers and AI have an explosion of machine intelligence. By then, most of our food distribution, banking and other vital systems will be conducted through that network. Which means the “explosion” of intelligence could bring us to our knees.
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Dr. David Jeremiah: I’m No Prophet, But End Times Here
According to Bible scholar Dr. David Jeremiah, Christians should be prepared for the next stages of the End Times, which he argues were ushered in by Israel fulfilling Bible prophesy by reestablishing itself as a nation back in 1948 — after having no homeland for two millennia. A Closer Look“[In] the whole scope of world history … yes, we are in the End Times,” Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church declared. Jeremiah looks to no place other than the Bible to derive his conclusion, acknowledging that Israel was predicted in Scripture to launch the world into its last days by doing what no other nation on earth has ever done — return to re-establish its homeland after being cast out for 2,000 years. “I personally believe that the End Times…
America Really Entering End Times? Greg Laurie Says Yes
For those wondering how America fares in the End Times, Greg Laurie – known worldwide for his Harvest Crusade outreaches and concerts – says the U.S. has already begun its descent from superpower status and world prominence, as he contends the last days are already among us. A Closer LookThe 61-year-old global evangelist made it very clear that he believes that we are “very, very close” to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, when He will rapture the Church, both alive and dead, leaving behind unbelievers to experience the “Great Tribulation.” This seven-year period is believed by premillennialist Christians as ushering in the antichrist and a new one world order government, under which Laurie says the Bible doesn’t mention the United States as a key player. “[As] the forces of antichrist emerge, I believe that America will…
Blood On The Altar War Grows As Media Ramps Up Prejudice Toward Christianity
No one anticipated that the most egregious crimes against Christians would be perpetrated in our lifetime. The evil equals or exceeds that of previous eras. Open Doors USA serves the worldwide persecuted church. Each year it compiles its World Watch List. In no fewer than 50 countries, Christians suffer extreme to moderate persecution. In Nigeria, the Islamic Boko Haram terrorists’ brutal abductions and assaults on schools, churches and entire Christian communities have forced even the silent mainstream liberal media to report on them. If the secular media’s silence is due to its ideological prejudice or animosity toward Christianity, how does one explain the muteness of the majority of American Christians? Christians should be speaking out because the jihadists who now seem far away proclaim their intent daily for America. There is no better statement on the perils of apathy than that of German Protestant Pastor Martin Niemöller, whose outspoken opposition to Adolf Hitler earned him seven years in a fetid Nazi concentration camp:
Biometric Data: Are We Poised To Scan Away Our Freedoms?
We often willingly give away information about ourselves that once would have been considered private. We call it the Information Age, and the younger generation is at the vanguard, willing and eager to share details about their private lives on social media sites. But is all that data safe? The issue of handing over biometric data is one area that remains controversial, particularly when it involves children. A law passed in 2001 made it legal for schools to take biometric information from children in the form of fingerprints that would go into a database. They said it would be used for things like canteen payments and library books. But with concerns growing, the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the use of biometric data, especially in schools. ‘Big Brother’ State? Usually such information is used to identify criminals, so many parents were confused as to why this legislation was introduced, and expressed doubts as to its intended purpose. Many observers saw it as edging one step closer to a Big Brother state.