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Microsoft joins project on ethical Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft AI investmentMicrosoft announced it is joining the OpenAI ethical artificial intelligence project backed by Tesla‘s Elon Musk and Amazon, adding $1 billion to the project.

The partnership will be devoted to developing advanced AI models on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform while adhering to “shared principles on ethics and trust,” the companies said in a joint release.

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OpenAI’s main goal is to ensure artificial intelligence can be deployed safely and securely so its economic benefits are widely distributed. Microsoft will become the preferred partner for commercializing new “supercomputing” artificial intelligence technologies developed as part of the initiative.

“AI is one of the most transformative technologies of our time and has the potential to help solve many of our world’s most pressing challenges,” said Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella.

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E-skin outperforms human sensory nervous system

n-neuralskin1Researchers at the National University of Singapore have demonstrated a novel type of signal architecture that could make robotic and prosthetic electronic skins much faster and more robust than today’s sequentially sampled tactile sensor arrays.

Instead of relying on time-divisional multiple access to reconstruct a two-dimensional map of pressure / temperature distribution, the researchers chose an event-based signal architecture, where sensors asynchronously transmit data upon value changes.

This is similar to the skin’s biological mechanoreceptors, their source of inspiration, which can fire spike signals asynchronously and form very precise spatiotemporal patterns that reach the brain at a constant latency for sensory interpretation.

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