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  • Experiment designed to show how robots can learn and evolve; Cambridge & Zurich.
  • Programmed a robot arm—or "mother"—with an algorithm to create a device made out of blocks containing motors—its "child".
  • Technology could be used in areas where robots need to carry out autonomous tasks in remote locations and even in disaster response.
  • Augur will allow participants to wager money on any future event of their choosing.
  • Software will set odds, collect bets, disperse the winnings; system will not be controlled by any person or entity; Bitcoin only.
  • "An estimated 1% of every pot will go to keep the system running. The average vig today is about 10x that."
  • referendum could see recreational use legalised; start-ups proliferating & investment $ ↑
  • AngelList lists more than 300 marijuana start-ups in the US — "half were founded this year, and a third of those are in California."
  • Investments in marijuana-related companies have reached $200m over the past 12 months, 4x previous year
  • New Yorker cartoons and caption-contest entries are fed into AI software to give machines some understanding of humor
  • "Sarcasm, wordplay, and other tools of humor have perplexed AI systems for decades."
  • could help Microsoft software like Skype Translator with realtime spoken translation.
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