World first as AI and Blockchain come together to boost “Robot Intelligence”



  • Up until now AI and Blockchain have been kept separate but now they’re joining forces to accelerate the development of robotic intelligence and the results could be awesome


Arguably the two hottest trends in tech right now are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain. Yes, yes, alright biologists and humanitarians, I’ll let you argue with me about the significance of 3D Printing, Gene Editing, Molecular Assemblers, Nanotech and Synthetic Biology in my next article. What? DNA Computing, Hive Minds, Quantum Computing, Robots and Telepathic Interfaces? Who cares! Alright, AI and Blockchain are one of twenty of the hottest tech trends right now. Happy? Anyway, let me get on with it…


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Now, as I was saying before I was rudely interrupted, for those of you who have been waiting for AI and Blockchain to come together you need wait no longer. The time has arrived thanks to Hanson Robotics, the firm behind the rather “unique” Sofia robot who are now integrating Blockchain into their AI together, and the company’s latest endeavour is to create a cloud based, blockchain based AI marketplace where AI developers can post and share their work with others to help enhance the AI capabilities of existing robots, and build new ones.

“At Hanson Robotics, we’ve made a cloud based infrastructure for robot intelligence, but now we’re looking to take that to the next level and we’ve launched a new project called SingularityNET, which is AI and blockchain together,” said Ben Goertzel, Hansons Robotic’s Chief Scientist.


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“It’s a decentralized, open market for AIs in the cloud so anyone who develops an AI can put it into the SingularityNET, wrap it in our cryptocurrency based smart contract and then the AI they put there can help to serve the intelligence of robots like Sophia or any other robots or any software programs that need AI,” he added.

While the use cases for Blockchain are almost, if not actually, limitless, from helping the DTCC secure trillions of dollars worth of trades and transform supply chains, to securing the US Nuclear arsenal to helping wipe our hunger and poverty, this is the first time I’ve seen AI and Blockchain come together in any meaningful way so it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out. That said though one thing is for certain, this won’t be the last time we see AI and Blockchain joined at the hip and something tells me that things are about to get even more interesting.


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Anyway, I better get back to my boring day job of 3D Printing hearts in space and brain controlled nanobots. Yawn. Yes, yes Biologists, my next post will be on nanotech scouts honour… one “GPS for the nanobots in our bodies” post coming up next. Pushy aren’t you? If you aren’t careful I’ll set this self-evolving robot on you…

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, Futurist and Founder of the 311 Institute is described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers.” Among other things Matthew keeps busy helping the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers ideate the next five generations of smartphones, and what comes beyond, the world’s largest chip makers envision the next twenty years of intelligent machines, and is helping Europe’s largest energy companies re-invent energy generation, transmission and retail.

Recognised in 2013, 2015 and 2016 as one of Europe’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an award winning author, entrepreneur and international speaker who has been featured on the BBC, Discovery and other outlets. Working hand in hand with accelerators, investors, governments, multi-nationals and regulators around the world Matthew helps them envision the future and helps them transform their industries, products and go to market strategies, and shows them how the combination of new, democratised, powerful emerging technologies are helping accelerate cultural, industrial and societal change.

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