A supercomputer designed by two Russian scientists has passed the Turing Test, a test to see if a conversation with a computer can fool humans, at the University of Reading at the Royal Society of London on June 7th. The chat based challenge fooled judges 33% of the time as a 13 year old Ukranian boy, the threshold for passing the Turing Test. http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/06/eugene-the-supercomputer-not-13-year-old-first-to-beat-the-turing-test/

Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway scooter, has developed a prosthetic robotic arm that can simultaneously respond to 10 signals from the brain, simulating the flexibility of real human arms. The robotic limb has been in development with $40 million in funding from DARPA and the US Army since 2006, and has been approved for sale by the FDA! http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-05-09/novel-prosthetic-arm-from-segway-inventor-approved-by-u-dot-s-dot-fda