Bill Gates-backed Vicarious Surgical adds a virtual reality twist to robots in the operating room – TechCrunch

The company’s co-founders, Adam Sachs and Sammy Khalifa, have been developing and refining the technology almost since they met at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as undergraduates.

“We’ve been working on ways to miniaturize robotics and put all of the motion of surgery into the abdominal cavity,” says Sachs.

What really set the founders’ brains buzzing was the potential for combining their miniature robots with the ability to see inside the body using virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift.

According to Sachs, a number of innovations in robotics has led the company to develop what Sachs calls tiny humanoid robots.

“They can be in another room or they can be hundreds of miles away (with an excellent internet connection,” says Sachs.

For surgeons using Vicarious’ technology, the primary feedback is virtual, Sachs says.

“There were 900,000 surgeries done using surgical robotics out of a total of 313 million surgical procedures. It’s a low percentage and it’s very expensive to buy those In general that’s not offered to the vast majority of patients. Vicarious is about democratizing that access if it works it will open a huge market for people who can use much better procedures for much better surgeries,” Berman says.

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Elon Musk-backed AI Company Claims It Made a Text Generator That’s Too Dangerous to Release

The OpenAI researchers found that GPT-2 performed very well when it was given tasks that it wasn’t necessarily designed for, like translation and summarization.

AdvertisementThe researchers used 40GB of data pulled from 8 million web pages to train the GPT-2 software.

Photo: GettyResearchers at the non-profit AI research group OpenAI just wanted to train their new text generation software to predict the next word in a sentence.

That’s ten times the amount of data they used for the first iteration of GPT.

Elon Musk has been clear that he believes artificial intelligence is the “biggest existential threat” to humanity.

The dataset was pulled together by trolling through Reddit and selecting links to articles that had more than three upvotes.

Rather than releasing the fully trained model, it’s releasing a smaller model for researchers to experiment with.

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