Tag Archives: Robotics

Machine Vision Helps Spot New Drug Treatments

by Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review

A startup uses algorithms that understand the anatomy of cells to discover new uses for existing drugs

Web users searching for photos and cops looking for suspects in video already benefit from software that understands the content of images. Chris Gibson says it can also make it easier to find treatments for diseases not targeted by existing drugs.

“By combining robotics and machine vision, we can work at large scale on hundreds of diseases simultaneously, using a small number of people,” says Gibson, who is CEO and co-founder of the 40-person startup Recursion Pharmaceuticals. Continue reading Machine Vision Helps Spot New Drug Treatments

Harnessing automation for a future that works

by James Manyika, Michael Chui, Mehdi Miremadi, Jacques Bughin, Katy George, Paul Willmott, and Martin Dewhurst, McKinsey & Company

Automation is happening, and it will bring substantial benefits to businesses and economies worldwide, but it won’t arrive overnight. A new McKinsey Global Institute report finds realizing automation’s full potential requires people and technology to work hand in hand. Continue reading Harnessing automation for a future that works

Man or machine? Legal and ethical conundrums associated with robotics and AI

by Sarah Pearce, HGM Legal

For the last decade or so, most of the ‘new’ legal challenges facing the IT industry have been driven by the Internet, mobile and cloud computing technologies that have altered almost every aspect of society. One of the key areas is in the field of privacy and data security. For larger technology companies, securing and protecting data are key competitive advantages, and privacy and data security are now commonplace on the corporate risk agenda. Another area is in the field of intellectual property (particularly, copyright and file sharing). These issues have created friction with existing laws and regulations, and have highlighted the fact that many laws/regulations have not kept pace with technological development. Continue reading Man or machine? Legal and ethical conundrums associated with robotics and AI

The next generation of robots probably won’t want to kill us, say experts

by David Nield, Science Alert

The generation after is anyone’s guess

A team of artificial intelligence (AI) experts has found no evidence that AI poses an imminent threat to humanity, which should come as good news if you’re feeling uneasy about the rapid advancements being made in robotics.

In fact, their report is pretty positive about everything AI-related, saying that within the next 15 years, the technology should be making all our lives better, particularly in the fields of transport, healthcare, education, and security. Continue reading The next generation of robots probably won’t want to kill us, say experts

AI accountability needs action now, say UK MPs

by Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch

A UK parliamentary committee has urged the government to act proactively — and to act now — to tackle “a host of social, ethical and legal questions” arising from growing usage of autonomous technologies such as artificial intelligence. Continue reading AI accountability needs action now, say UK MPs