A TED talk on software for biological cells; IEEE Spectrum's weekly selection of awesome robot videos; An Op-Ed arguing that super-intelligent artificial intelligence (AI) isn't a credible threat for the foreseeable future; MIT & IBM say AI taking over some jobs, future jobs favor creativity and "soft skills"; and a Steem essay on the topic of oil formation
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- The next software revolution: programming biological cells - This TED talk was posted in July and it came across the RSS feed from ted.com on November 1. In the talk, Sara-Jane Dunn argues that the 20th century was dominated by software development in silicon and that the 21st will be dominated by programming biological cells, because this capability will transform medicine, agriculture, and energy - sectors that all dwarf the IT dominated sectors. After laying that groundwork, she goes on to describe work with her colleagues who are trying to understand and harness biological computation. In particular, the research studies the transformation from stem cells into specialized cells. She notes that despite progress in many areas, we still lack a fundamental understanding of the process, so her team developed a tool that can apply software verification principles from computer science to better understand the natural biological programs in our cells. She adds that this is just one building block in the understanding that is needed, so the field needs to continue developing more tools to fully understand biological programming, and her latest project in that direction is to build a compiler for creation of biological software. Lastly, she calls for research in bio-ethics in order to guard against biological malware that might also be created.
- Video Friday: DJI's Mavic Mini Is a $400 Palm-Sized Foldable Drone - IEEE Spectrum's weekly selection of awesome robot videos includes: A palm-sized flying drone that can take pictures and videos and flies for about 30 minutes on a single charge; The Jackal unmanned ground vehicle (UVG) has been fitted with a robotic arm; A heavy-lifting cargo drone, Volocopter, that can carry weights up to 440 pounds for a distance up to 25 miles; More videos from the DARPA Subterranean Challenge; A NASA rover that will hunt for water on the moon; some Halloween robot videos; and more
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