1. A new walking battlefield mech prototype by those rascals over in Russia. This looks just like the machines you see on BattleTech, or in the movie Robocop. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, think a large (2-3 story) robot with a human pilot inside. The braintrust and I discuss them in the upcoming season of Fascinating Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gear-Based Technologies (click for link).
2. The race for AGI (Artifical General Intelligence) may be coming to a close! The team behind Deep Mind have developed a new AI that is basically like a baby brain, and instead of being able to learn one specific task (like mastering the game Go), it can learn a lot of different things via an already established basic learning algorithm. A very interesting read.
This is probably the scariest one-two punch I have ever posted!