These days, it is difficult to find an article that does not discuss AI, in some form or the other, as well as how much China has been investing in the derivative technologies that have emerged because of it: machine learning, autonomous driving, healthcare tech.

Yet, while these ‘tech topics’ continue to be at the forefront of the vast pool of technology articles on the web today, there are other AI-influenced reports that are a worthy read for anyone interested in the topic.

Below, is a brief synopsis of 3 tech articles based on redefining AI terms, machines that build machines, and a satellite mission that measures the Earth’s sea levels.

Article 1: Assisted vs. Augmented Intelligence

The Forbes article, Is there a difference between Assisted Intelligence & Augmented Intelligence?, the writer attempts to create an AI framework in which two versions of artificial intelligence are categorized:

“Augmented intelligence” & “autonomous intelligence” are both defined and the question is asked whether the two can both fit under the AI-umbrella term, “assisted intelligence”.

According to the author, augmented solutions need human help to help humans, while autonomous solutions can help humans without human involvement.

In the end, no clear answer is given, just a direction to follow to come up with one.

Both help humans, so in essence, they both assist them. Whether or not, which one is a better assistant is irrelevant to the question and would depend upon the particular outcome that the user wishes to reach.

Article 2: Machines That Build Machines

Could machines that are capable of building other machines change U.S. manufacturing?

The author of the article, Revolutionary “Robotic” Blacksmithing Could Revive U.S. Manufacturing, believes that it could.

Within the article, the author cites how Elon Musk used “robotic blacksmithing” to build his famed companies Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company.

According to the article, blacksmithing robotics can be applied to the following manufacturing processes:

  • Forging
  • Machining/Cutting
  • Casting

Blacksmithing technology uses a synthesis of 3D printing and other autonomous technologies to automate the above processes cutting down on manufacturing time and costs.

Furthermore, it can be scaled up to help design large machines like aircraft and ships, as well as the capacity to be scaled down to create extremely small medical implant devices.

Article 3: Satellites Monitor Weather Patterns

Thus far, one of the best ways to measure how humans have affected the global climate is by measuring the sea level.

This is where the article, Two new satellites will launch this year to track Earth’s rising oceans, comes in – it talks about a joint effort to keep track of whether the Earth’s great bodies of water are rising or falling.

The article states that in November of this year (2020), a joint U.S.-European satellite mission will commence and keep an eye on rising sea levels as well as other contributing factors to climate change.

The mission, named the Sentinel-6/Jason Continuity of Service mission (Jason-CS), is expected to be the most intricate and longest-running water-level observation satellite mission to date.

Ultimately, the mission is designed to measure the entire global sea level over several generations, which is extremely important as water makes up 71% of the earth’s surface.

The main takeaway of the article is this:

If the earth’s surface continues to rise over the upcoming generations, humans will have to learn how to deal with landscape changes on a planetary scale.

There can be no denying that technology is an integral part of human life today, so keeping up with its recent changes is integral to understanding how it will affect the way life on this planet will possibly be lived in the upcoming years.

The above three articles display this fact succinctly and therefore are great reads for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest tech trends and how they affect various aspects of human life.

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