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Oct 13, 2022

In-Hand Object Rotation via Rapid Motor Adaptation

Posted by in categories: policy, robotics/AI

Generalized in-hand manipulation has long been an unsolved challenge of robotics. As a small step towards this grand goal, we demonstrate how to design and learn a simple adaptive controller to achieve in-hand object rotation using only fingertips. The controller is trained entirely in simulation on only cylindrical objects, which then – without any fine-tuning – can be directly deployed to a real robot hand to rotate dozens of objects with diverse sizes, shapes, and weights over the z-axis. This is achieved via rapid online adaptation of the robot’s controller to the object properties using only proprioception history. Furthermore, natural and stable finger gaits automatically emerge from training the control policy via reinforcement learning.

Oct 12, 2022

White House unveils artificial intelligence ‘Bill of Rights’

Posted by in categories: employment, government, policy, robotics/AI, surveillance

The Biden administration unveiled a set of far-reaching goals Tuesday aimed at averting harms caused by the rise of artificial intelligence systems, including guidelines for how to protect people’s personal data and limit surveillance.

The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights notably does not set out specific enforcement actions, but instead is intended as a White House call to action for the U.S. government to safeguard digital and civil rights in an AI-fueled world, officials said.

“This is the Biden-Harris administration really saying that we need to work together, not only just across government, but across all sectors, to really put equity at the center and civil rights at the center of the ways that we make and use and govern technologies,” said Alondra Nelson, deputy director for science and society at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “We can and should expect better and demand better from our technologies.”

Oct 4, 2022

Prof. Dr. Andrea B. Maier, MD, PhD — Building A Clinically Credible Platform For Longevity Medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, neuroscience, policy

Building A Clinically Credible Platform For Longevity Medicine — Prof. Dr. Andrea Maier MD, PhD, National University of Singapore, Centre for Healthy Longevity.

Professor Dr. Andrea B. Maier, MD, Ph.D., is the Oon Chiew Seng Professor in Medicine, Healthy Ageing and Dementia Research, and Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Longevity, at the National University Of Singapore (

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Sep 22, 2022

Ray Kurzweil: The Future of Intelligence — Nobel Week Dialogue 2015

Posted by in categories: biological, policy, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI

In this talk, Kurzweil explores the history and trajectory of advances in computing and Information Technology to project how he believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) may enhance our natural biological intelligence in the future.

Kurzweil spoke at the Nobel Week Dialogue on December 9, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Sep 21, 2022

Dr. Andrew Hebbeler, Ph.D. — Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) — The White House

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, health, policy, science, security, terrorism

Maximizing Benefits Of The Life Sciences & Health Tech For All Americans — Dr. Andrew Hebbeler, Ph.D., Principal Assistant Director for Health and Life Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House.

Dr. Andrew Hebbeler, Ph.D., is Principal Assistant Director for Health and Life Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House (, and has extensive foreign affairs, national security, global health, and science and technology (S&T) policy experience.

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Sep 15, 2022

Possible Paths to Artificial General Intelligence

Posted by in categories: economics, ethics, law, policy, robotics/AI

Yoshua Bengio (MILA), Irina Higgins (DeepMind), Nick Bostrom (FHI), Yi Zeng (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and moderator Joshua Tenenbaum (MIT) discuss possible paths to artificial general intelligence.

The Beneficial AGI 2019 Conference:

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Sep 7, 2022

Free Virtual Event!

Posted by in categories: business, economics, policy, space travel, sustainability

Space is no longer a remote and special place – it is becoming a part of our life and economy.

In parallel with technological advances such as space travel, lunar exploration and next-generation spacecraft, the number of businesses that utilize space has grown. Space has become an indispensable part of our lives.

The Nikkei Virtual Global Forum “The Future of Space 2022” will explore the possibilities of space, from Earth’s orbit to the Moon, Mars and beyond, and the global benefits and impacts on the economy, business and society. We will also discuss such issues as international collaboration, sustainable space utilization and policy responses.

Sep 3, 2022

Self-driving cars roll around Austin

Posted by in categories: government, policy, robotics/AI, transportation

AUSTIN (KXAN) Walking around Austin, you may see something surprising — self-driving cars rolling around the roads.

Earlier this year, autonomous vehicle technology company Argo AI launched its driverless operation in Austin. Argo AI public policy and government relations manager Sly Majid said these cars are key to the future of transport.

“Autonomous vehicle technology is incredible,” he said. “The vehicle is doing the dynamic driving tasks; the vehicle is the driver of the car.”

Aug 30, 2022

Dr Asha M George, DrPH — Building Defenses Against Bio-Terrorism And (Re)Emerging Infectious Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, health, military, policy, terrorism

Dr. Asha M. George, DrPH ( is Executive Director, Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, which was established in 2014 to assess gaps in and provide recommendations to improve U.S. biodefense. The Panel determines where the United States is falling short of addressing biological attacks and emerging and reemerging infectious diseases.

Dr. George is a public health security professional whose research and programmatic emphasis has been practical, academic, and political. She served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a senior professional staffer and subcommittee staff director at the House Committee on Homeland Security in the 110th and 111th Congress. She has worked for a variety of organizations, including government contractors, foundations, and non-profits. As a contractor, she supported and worked with all Federal Departments, especially the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Aug 26, 2022

SpaceX Chopsticks Lift Booster 7 with 33 Raptor Engines

Posted by in categories: policy, space travel

SpaceX is lifting Booster 7 onto the orbital launch mount via the Chopsticks. All 33 Raptor engines are installed on the Super Heavy prototype. Booster 7 will be conducting static fire tests at the orbital launch pad in Starbase, Texas.

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