Every week we’ll share a selection of the most recent news that grab our attention. Here are our favorite picks of the week:
Global Biotech Insights
Duke researcher Stefan Goetz, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, electrical engineering and neurosurgery, has developed high-performance electronics that control electrical pulses in noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation. The amount of power used during the surgery is roughly the same as the one required to power a ship. This technology could lead to more efficient batteries for electric cars and solar panels.
Techcrunch – Darrell Etherington
Future robots employed in service roles will have to learn to navigate through highly populated places such as malls, hospitals or campuses without causing any inconvenience for pedestrians. Together with his team, MIT researcher Yu Fan Chen developed a robot that can move around using its own “socially aware navigation” that is to say by analyzing the implicit human social codes. In order to do so, the robot is equipped with a LIDAR array on top for high-resolution environment sensing as well as webcams for visual input.
Futurism – Kyree Leary
The more connected our devices are the more vulnerable to cyberattacks they become. According to a poll occurring during the Black Hat cybersecurity conference, 62% of the attendees said they “firmly believe AI will be used by hackers within the next twelve months”. To address those potential threats, companies like Google and IBM have already taken some initiatives to strengthen their cybersecurity. With its “AI Fight Club”, Google will train its systems to become more resistant to harmful AI.
Quartz – Mike Murphy
The global electronics manufacturer, Samsung, is entering the self-driving car race. The company received a license in the state of California to test autonomous vehicles today. The company recently acquired Harman and stated in the press release about the purchase that “smart technologies” from both companies “will enable the vehicle of tomorrow”. Samsung is now directly competing with the other technology and automotive giants such as Waymo, Tesla, Ford and BMW to name a few.