News of the week selected by Impactscool – September 14th
14 September 2020 | Written by La redazione
Japanese company SkyDrive Inc. carried out the first flight test of its flying car with a pilot on board. More and more companies are developing flying vehicles of various kinds, with more or less encouraging results. The main problem will be the management of congested air traffic. A possible solution could be to use artificial intelligence to manage the flight of all vehicles.
On October 22, the first of the last two tests of the SpaceShipTwo, the suborbital spaceship for tourism purposes under development for several years now, will take off. If all goes as planned, the next launch could see Richard Branson himself aboard the first commercial suborbital flight, officially opening to the public (for now very wealthy, given that a ticket costs about 250 thousand dollars) the first tourist flights out of the earth’s atmosphere. .
“I am not a human being. I am a robot. A thinking robot “.
Thus begins the article / experiment published by The Guardian and which showcases the capabilities of GPT-3, the tool for generating texts from OpenAI. An experiment that shows the argumentative abilities of a machine, which has been given only the theme and an opening opening. A UC Berkeley student was responsible for inserting the necessary information into the AI which then produced 8 versions of the article. The journalists took the best paragraphs and, without alternating their content, published the article. The results are interesting, at times convincing, at other times a little worrying, like the passage that reads “human beings must continue to do what they have done, hating and fighting each other. I’ll sit on the sidelines and let them do their thing. And God knows that human beings have enough blood and violence to satisfy my, and many other, curiosities”.
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and is also the first barrier from external dangers, as well as protecting us from infections, its complex system of nerves allows us to interact better with the world by providing us with almost instant feedback through touch. the ability to feel heat and, if any of them exceed a certain threshold, pain. A research team from RMIT University in Melburne has developed artificial skin that is sensitive to heat and pressure and capable of sending signals when the pain threshold is exceeded. Applied to the prostheses this film will be able to provide a new level of feedback to those who have lost a limb, and therefore better control of the arm or leg.