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‘Robots that can think and feel like people could soon be living among us, according to one expert.

An AI engineer, who has invented a ‘virtual nervous system’, believes it is only a matter of time before robotics hardware catches up to his software.

He says responsive robots could be a common sight in businesses and homes around the world within the next ten years.

The comments were made by Dr Mark Sagar who is the CEO of Soul Machines, an AI company in New Zealand that specialises in creating hyper-realistic 3D avatars.

The Auckland-based firm has used computer graphics to develop stunning renderings of virtual people, that can mimic natural facial movements like blinking and smiling.’

Read more: Robots that think and feel like humans will live among us in 10 years, says inventor of the virtual nervous system


‘Lockheed Martin continues to be a leader in developing the path toward a full-fledged super-soldier military comprised of Iron Man-type enhancements.

The FORTIS exoskeleton first appeared to the public several years ago and is currently undergoing a new round of upgrades according to a recent press release. The upgraded system was built “Using licensed DermoskeletonTM bionic augmentation technology, the FORTIS Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD)TM is a computer-controlled exoskeleton that counteracts overstress on the lower back and legs and increases mobility and load-carrying capability. It boosts leg capacity for physically demanding tasks that require repetitive or continuous kneeling or squatting, or lifting, dragging, carrying or climbing with heavy loads.”

Naturally, this wouldn’t be limited to merely hefting things around, as increased strength and endurance could be applied to all areas of human fighting.’

Read more: Lockheed Martin Exoskeleton Gives Soldiers ‘Bionic Augmentation’


‘Not content with revolutionizing the online payment, energy production and storage markets and private space industry, Elon Musk has now taken to training machines to learn like humans but in virtual reality.

OpenAI, Musk’s latest venture, is a non-profit organization with $1 billion in funding, the aim of which is to create ‘friendly’ Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).

Artificial Intelligence has preprogrammed outcomes and makes decisions based on specific inputs. This is why regular AI is considered ‘narrow’ or ‘weak’ within the industry, as it’s highly limited in what it can achieve.’

Read more: Musk’s OpenAI training robots to think like humans in virtual reality 


‘Even as the military has downplayed its willingness to delegate lethal decision making to artificial intelligence, it appears to be developing systems which could do exactly that.

The rise of Big Data has been a boon for the military and surveillance industries, as the exponential increase in computer processing power has enabled the collection and storage of information on a scale and speed never before seen. However, with that collection and storage also comes the need to meaningfully analyze it. So far, that has been a restriction which is not proving easy to overcome.

Nowhere is this challenge better highlighted than in warfare, where vast amounts of digital intelligence, human intelligence, video and audio all get swept into systems for threat analysis and potential real-world action. According to The Pentagon, its human resources are now stretched so far beyond capacity that they can’t envision a way where hiring more humans will help solve the problem.’

Read more: Military Seeks Machine Learning To Interpret Big Data For A.I. Warfare


‘In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program. The TNT program aims to explore various safe neurostimulation methods for activating synaptic plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter the connecting points between neurons — a requirement for learning. DARPA hopes that building up that ability by subjecting the nervous system to a kind of workout regimen will enable the brain to learn more quickly.

The ideal end benefit for this kind of breakthrough would be downloadable learning. Rather than needing to learn, for example, a new language through rigorous study and practice over a long period of time, we could basically “download” the knowledge after putting our minds into a highly receptive, neuroplastic state. Clearly, this kind of research would benefit anyone, but urgent military missions can succeed or fail based on the timing. In those situations, a faster way to train personnel would be a tremendous boon.’

Read more: DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us ‘Upload’ Skills


‘The brain is often compared to a computer, a thrumming mass of circuitry, software and wires. If that’s the case, it’s surely possible to rewire it – to ensure mankind’s onboard central processing unit is the best it can be.

That’s the theory behind the latest project from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US military’s shadowy research branch. It aims to enhance human cognitive abilities by activating “synaptic plasticity” — under the banner of Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT).

The idea was inspired by recent research, suggesting the stimulation of peripheral nerves, which relay signals between the brain, the spinal cord and the rest of the body, enhance an individual’s ability to learn, via triggering the release of neurochemicals that reorganize connections in the brain.’

Read more: ‘Watt’ a Shocker! New DARPA Project Seeks to Electrically Rewire Human Brains


‘Stephen Hawking has warned that humans face being superseded by computers if the race to develop artificial intelligence continues apace.

The renowned physicist and cosmologist issued the stark message at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing Thursday.

Speaking via video link, Hawking said: “I believe that the rise of powerful AI will either be the best thing, or the worst thing, to happen to humanity. I have to say now that we do not yet know which. But we should do all we can to ensure that its future development benefits us and our environment.’

Read more: Stephen Hawking warns humans could be ‘superseded’ by supercomputers


‘Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will replace humans in 50 percent of all jobs in just ten years, says Kai-Fu Lee, founder of venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures and a reputable Chinese technologist.

AI is the “singular thing that will be larger than all of human tech revolutions added together, including electricity, the industrial revolution, the internet, mobile internet – because AI is pervasive,” the technologist said at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing as quoted by CNBC.

According to Lee, AI represents the decision engine that would replace people. The tech expert stressed that its capabilities far exceed those of humanity.

The corporations, which Sinovation Ventures has invested in, can accomplish feats such as recognizing three million faces simultaneously or dispersing loans in eight seconds.’

Read more: Artificial intelligence to take over half of all jobs in next decade – China’s top techie