Unexpected (and Amazing) Breakthroughs

Phil and Stephen review some truly surprising developments in science and technology.

Google Brain chief: AI tops humans in computer vision, and healthcare will never be the same

“In 2011 their error rate was 26 percent,” says Jeff Dean, chief of the Google Brain project, which along with other tech giants has helped lead a recent revolution in image recognition as well as speech recognition and self-driving cars. Now, he says, computers’ ability to view and analyze images (pictured) exceeds what human eyes can do.


Scientists create world’s first ‘molecular robot’ capable of building molecules

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world’s first ‘molecular robot’ that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules.

The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm.

Scientists Just Used Gene Editing to Remove a Fatal Blood Disorder From Human Embryos

A team of researchers from Sun Yat-sen University have used gene editing to correct a potentially fatal blood condition. This world-first accomplishment represents the first step to a future where we literally edit disease out of our bodies.

Elon Musk is aiming to land spaceships on Mars in 2022

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The hard-charging tech mogul said his rocket company, SpaceX, aims to land at least two cargo ships on the Red Planet in 2022 in order to place power, mining and life support systems there for future flights.


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