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CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin interviews Sophia, a humanoid robot, about the future of artificial intelligence at a Future Investment Institute panel in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
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To Anyone who wonders who is the “hippie” on stage. According to Wiki, this amazing human is called Ben Goertzel (born December 8, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is Chief Scientist of financial prediction firm Aidyia Holdings and robotics firm Hanson Robotics; Chairman of AI software company Novamente LLC, which is a privately held software company; Chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and the OpenCog Foundation; Vice Chairman of futurist nonprofit Humanity+; Scientific Advisor of biopharma firm Genescient Corp.; Advisor to the Singularity University; Research Professor in the Fujian Key Lab for Brain-Like Intelligent Systems at Xiamen University, China; and general Chair of the Artificial General Intelligence conference series, an American author and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. He was the Director of Research of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (formerly the Singularity Institute).

 

Jimmy Fallon demos amazing new robots from all over the world, including an eerily human robot named Sophia that plays rock-paper-scissors.


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Six years ago, Bridgestone introduced the Airless Car Tire concept, which, let’s be honest, hasn’t really moved out of the conceptual testing phases. Maybe we’ll see more development with the Bridgestone Airless Bicycle Tires, which adapt the technology for pedal-powered, two-wheeled steeds.

As with the car version, the tires ditch the air tubes in favor of thermoplastic resin spokes that can continually alter shape as the bike moves. This allows it to support the weight of the rider while absorbing road shocks, all without the risk of a flat. That means, less maintenance and a much lower chance of finding yourself stranded on the side of the road.

he Bridgestone Airless Bicycle Tires use a less-complex series of spokes compared to the car version – a likely result of the fact that it doesn’t need to support loads totaling several thousand pounds. This should make riding an especially more convenient affair, since the lack of air-inflated tires means you can leave the bike pump, spare tube, and a few other dedicated tools at home. It’s also meant to install onto bikes without any special equipment, so you can literally swap in a new airless tire for the one your bike is currently running on.

Unlike the car version, Bridgestone actually has a timetable for the Airless Bicycle Tires’ debut. According to the outfit, it will be publicly available by 2019.

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Robot dad: I built a smartphone bot to spend time with my kids

Divorce can be a painful experience, especially when it means one parent doesn’t see as much of their kids as they used to.

When divorcee Matt Walker met his future second wife in the US, he knew things would only get worse for him spending time with his two boys, Jarvis, 9 and Maxi, 7.

That’s why he built the RambleBot.

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Matt Walker is Robot Dad. Photo: Matt Walker

It looks like a miniature white tank but instead of a cannon it has an arm with a gripper. There’s a smartphone holder at the top where Matt’s face appears.
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From his home in San Jose, California — where he lives with his current wife and seven-month-old son Jack — Matt logs into the RambleBot that lives at his ex wife’s house 11,410 kilometres away in Brisbane, Australia, and hangs out with his sons, controlling the robot with an app and talking via Skype. He’s done this every other day for the last three years.

The robot has a big battery which lasts about two days. The smartphone battery runs out faster, so Matt adds a battery extender case. When the RambleBot is plugged in, it will charge the phone.

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Matt Walker Skyping his son Jarvis as the RambleBot. Photo: Matt Walker

Matt acknowledges the unusual set-up may have its critics because it’s essentially parenting at a distance.

“What’s he [my son] going to tell his psychoanalyst in the future — my father was a tiny little robot?” Matt jokes.

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