Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, have created
a ‘trash talking’ robot that reduces human performance while playing the game
‘Guards of Treasures’.
ensured the robot, named Pepper, used mild insults such as; “I have to say you
are a terrible player,” and “over the course of the game your playing has
become confused.” Even though the robot used such mild language, humans who
played a game with the robot performed worse while being insulted and better when
Aaron Roth, lead
author, said that some of the 40 study participants were technically
sophisticated and fully understood that the machine was the source of their
said, ‘I don’t like what the robot is saying, but that’s the way it was
programmed so I can’t blame it,'” said Roth, who conducted the study while he
was a master’s student in the CMU Robotics Institute.
team discovered that human performance ebbed regardless of the individual’s
sophistication. “This is one of the first studies of human-robot interaction in
an environment where they are not cooperating,” said co-author Fei Fang, an
assistant professor in the Institute for Software Research.
“We can expect home assistants to be cooperative…but in situations such as
online shopping, they may not have the same goals as we do.”
of this study wanted to explore the uses of game theory and
bounded rationality in the context of robots. They designed a study in which
humans would compete against a robot in a game called ‘Guards of Treasures’.
This is a typical game used to study defender-attacker interaction in research
on security games.
of the study played the game 35 times with the robot. Although the human
players’ rationality improved as the number of games played increased, those
who were criticised by the robot didn’t score as well as those who were
World’s 1st remote brain surgery via 5G network performed in China Published time: 17 Mar, 2019 13:12 · A Chinese surgeon has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology, with the patient 3,000km away from the operating doctor. Dr. Ling Zhipei remotely implanted a neurostimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, Chinese state-run media reports . The surgeon manipulated the instruments in the Beijing-based PLAGH hospital from a clinic subsidiary on the southern Hainan island, located 3,000km away. The surgery is said to have lasted three hours and ended successfully. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well after the pioneering operation. The doctor used a computer connected to the next-generation 5G network developed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device enabled a near real-time connection, according to Dr. Ling. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said.
Visualizing The Power Of The World's Supercomputers BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 21, 2022 - 04:15 AM A supercomputer is a machine that is built to handle billions, if not trillions of calculations at once. Each supercomputer is actually made up of many individual computers (known as nodes) that work together in parallel. A common metric for measuring the performance of these machines is flops , or floating point operations per second . In this visualization, Visual Capitalist's Marcus Lu uses November 2021 data from TOP500 to visualize the computing power of the world’s top five supercomputers. For added context, a number of modern consumer devices were included in the comparison. Ranking by Teraflops Because supercomputers can achieve over one quadrillion flops, and consumer devices are much less powerful, we’ve used teraflops as our comparison metric. 1 teraflop = 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) flops. Supercomputer Fugaku was completed in March 202
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