MIT to Create Plant Cyborg

Elowan the robot with the plant drives to the light source necessary for photosynthesis
06 December 2018   613

Specialists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed the Elowan robot, which is in a kind of symbiosis with the plant. A living organism uses electrical signals to control the movement of the robot.

So far, the system only responds to some changes, such as lighting a plant or a lack of water. Silver electrods are used to transmit signals, which are implanted in the leaves, roots and stem of the plant. The direction of movement of the robot depends on the strength of the impulse. For example, in one of the experiments, the robot on which the pot with the plant stood, itself drove up to the light source necessary for photosynthesis.

The algorithm looks like this: the plant needs light, this causes certain biochemical changes that generate an electrical impulse. The robot captures it, decrypts and executes the desired command.

In the future, such systems may be useful for automatic farms, where robots themselves will take care of plants, responding to their needs for light, water or nutrients. Such technologies will be used in agriculture on Earth, as well as in distant space expeditions, where it will be necessary to grow plants on board a ship.

Ping An Insurance to Use SingularityNET's AI Solutions

Ping An is the largest insurance corporation in the world with capitalization $217B (as for January 2018)
14 March 2019   172

SingularityNET blockchain platform and the Chinese insurance corporation Ping An will cooperate in the field of artificial intelligence and launch a number of joint initiatives. This is reported in the project's blog.

As the head of Ping An's AI direction, Bai Meng, said, the company is interested in the commercial application of optical character recognition technology, cross validation and machine learning offered by the SingularityNET ecosystem.

In the future, platform solutions can be used in Ping An's AI initiatives, such as Smart City and One Minute Clinic.

Ping An is the largest insurance corporation in the world. As of January 2018, the company's capitalization was estimated at $ 217 billion. Ping An shares are included in the Hang Seng Index - a composite index of the 50 largest companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

At the end of 2017, SingularityNET raised $ 32.8 million on ICO. The project token has been listed on Binance cryptoexc.

Against the background of news on cooperation with Ping An, the price of the SingularityNET (AGI) token began to rise rapidly in the morning of Thursday, March 14, rising to a peak by more than 13% in a short period of time, after which it corrected somewhat.