Welcome to Cyber Dump number 49, your look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. As always, all source links mentioned are below.
Built Robotics recently showed off their Autonomous Track Loader, which is basically a self operating digger. It looks like you specify what shape and depth you want digging, where the dirt should be placed, and it does the rest itself.
DHL also began testing the PostBot delivery robot this month, kicking off a 6 week trial in the German city of Bad Hersfeld. The bot can carry up to 150kg and follows the postal workers on their delivery routes.
Deepmind has made another big leap in AI technology by creating AlphaGo Zero, the next version of the Go-playing program. According to Deepmind, this new program can beat the previous version every time, and what makes this breakthrough interesting is that it learned how to play, and be the best in the world entirely on it's own, without any external input data. This means there is now potential for this kind of technique to be used for learning any kind of knowledge.
Tuomas Soikkeli uploaded a video of his prototype dremel workstation, which transforms the rotary tool into a bunch of other useful tools, like a belt sander, edgesander, lathe and more.
If you haven't checked out VR yet, Road to VR made a useful post recently, detailing all the places you can try out the various VR headsets around the world.
Finnish 3D printing company Platonics has launched an Indiegogo campaign for what they call the first 3D printer for architects. Priced at $2500, this thing caught my eye for it's simple design, but also the unique printable material textures, including clay, granite, concrete, wood and more.
Researchers at the Children's National Medical Center have been testing STAR, the Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, which has been going head to head against human surgeons to test cutting accuracy on pig fat.
The system has already successfully stitched two segments of pig intestines together better than humans, and is aiming for eventual fully autonomous function for procedures such as tumor removals.
Two mini documentaries this week. The first by Free Think follows quadriplegic Ian Burkhart who receives a brain implant to restore movement in parts of his body.
The next video by Reason, follows various biohackers, detailing some of their projects, and the challenges of quickly developing technologies in a world of ancient, outdated regulations.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
This week on NODE I released the latest Dead Drop episode. As always, more news on this increasingly chaotic time in computer security.
I also made a new video for the latest Handheld Linux Terminal. This one uses a Raspberry Pi 3, a higher res screen, 3 times bigger battery, and a bunch more new features. Check it out if you're interested.
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