Cornell Scientists Create Living Machines

The Next Web:

“The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own ‘lifelike’ robot?

If you’re a Cornell research team, you’d grow a bunch and make them race. …

Basically, the Cornell team grew their own robots using a DNA-based bio-material, observed them metabolizing resources for energy, watched as they decayed and grew, and then programmed them to race against each other. We would have made them compete in a karaoke competition, but Cornell’s application is also impressive.

As unbelievable as it sounds, the team is actually just getting started. Lead author on the team’s paper, Shogo Hamada, told The Stanford Chronicle that “ultimately, the system may lead to lifelike self-reproducing machines.”

This work is still in its infancy, but the implications of organically grown, self-reproducing machines are incredible. And the debate over whether robots can be “alive” will likely have an entire new chapter to discuss soon.”

I for one am glad that we have a government that is discussing all the important issues of the day like Boomers arguing over the Mueller Report and Blompf’s impeachment.


Note: The national political conversation is retarded.

joking/not joking whew, well, son, it’s complicated

joking/not joking better start paying attention

joking/not joking this is creepy AF most of these hypothetical AI scenarios have had a bad ending

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  1. Our computers and our cars already run our lives. One more small convenience for man one great leap forward for robokind.

  2. The jews are nervous about the potential for AI computers to become National Socialists. If there is a future for the human race it will not include the jews, coloreds, commies or queers.

    • if you are correct, then

      “mankind” has no future. Mainland China

      is a murderous fusion of police state socialism and crony capitalism

      funded by mountains of debt. Precisely what Genghiz Yang

      has in mind for America.

  3. “The custom tailored, genetically engineered Humanoid replicant, designed especially for your needs.”

  4. I for one am glad that we have a government that is discussing all the important issues of the day like Boomers arguing over the Mueller Report and Blompf’s impeachment.

    They’re also discussing how to best confront the Soviet Union, too. Even though it no longer exists and Russia is now a federal republic.

  5. I think a lot of this AI stuff is hype and a propaganda war between the US and China – similar to the Apollo 11 mission when the US pretended to land a man on the moon to prove the superiority of the US system over the Soviet system.

      • AI will not bring about the Marxist nirvana you are praying for.

        Computer processors are not doubling in speed each year. They are only increasing by small fractions now. And it turns out the gains, at least by made by Intel in the last 5 years or so were a scam. They were cutting corners on security, so now we have processors where you have to disable the fancy features, if you don’t want to be hacked, and even then they still have major security holes.

        Classical computers can’t be pushed any further as they can’t fit more compnents on the chips without them melting. They can only get speed increases now with many CPUs working on a single task in parallel. Imagine a human level AI requiring thousands of processors all working together, with a maintenance bill of 30 million dollars per month. That is the future and it puts robot slave boys out of the reach of the ordinary person.

        Until we have Cylon slaves that can be used for any job that requires doing, AI machines will be single task focused, they will wear out and break down, and be expensive to replace.

        We also have the problem of battery power being unsuitable. It takes a long time to recharge, and the charge doesn’t last very long. So imagine your Cylon slave boys being very noisy and polluting like lawn mowers, due to their use of fossil fuels.

        The future with robots will be more of what we have today. The economy spirallng downwards due to oligarchs controlling the government and third worlders flooding in. Increasing numbers of people unemployed, and not enough customers to warrant big investments in technology. This will eventually reach a breaking point where the US economy collapses.

        The only hope I have for improvements in the standard of living of the individual, is advances in agricultural technolgy and 3D printing. Simple single task robots will be part of that future, but they will not improve our standard of living as much as the first two.

  6. The same Washington-Hollywood ilk who loved Russia when Russia was the JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union, now that Russia is no longer the JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union they hate Russia and want to start a war against Russia.

    When Russia was the JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union they deeply opposed any war against the JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union. The thought of war against the JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union horrified them, now that Russia is NOT a JEW COMMUNIST country, the thought of peace between the USA and Russia horrifies them.

    Castro had deep connections to the Russians when Russia was the JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union, they loved Castro and they loved Castro exactly because he had deep connections to JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union Russia.

    Now that Russia is free of JEW COMMUNISM, they accuse Trump of being in-league with Russia, want to impeach him, and want a WAR AGAINST RUSSIA. They NEVER wanted war against Russia when it was the JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union, they were always deeply opposed to war against JEW COMMUNIST Soviet Union Russia. But they want war against NON-JEW-COMMUNIST Russia.

  7. There’s a difference between artificial intelligence, and artificial consciousness.

    When most people talk about artificial intelligence, they’re thinking about artificial consciousness.

    Artificial consciousness, like the HAL 9000 computer in 2001, may not even be possible. Creating a mind, as opposed to an expert system that can learn, after a fashion, is a herculean task bordering on an act of divinity. It’s beyond mere engineering. It may even be philosophical and theological in nature.

    • Penicillin was essentially necromancy. At least that is how it looked to the researchers.

  8. Machines for Learming.

    I recently took a look around the oldest colleges at Cambridge. The colleges are independent corporations/foundations/charities within the loosely structured University. All self contained inward facing accommodations for dons, Student bed Rooms, Chapel, Dining Hall, library room all organized around a couple of quadrangles and a nice manicured lawn. Peace n quiet.

    How much we have miniaturized the basic idea.

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