Drone delivery service Wing is launching its own air-traffic control app to keep its craft safe in the skies. The company, owned by Google-parent Alphabet, recently started making deliveries in parts of Australia and Finland. Wing's new iOS and Android app aims to'help users comply with rules and plan flights more safely and effectively,' providing a rundown of airspace restrictions and hazards as well as events nearby that could interfere. The new app, Open Sky, is being released to drone flyers in Australia this month according to Wing. 'The design of our software has required a detailed understanding of flight rules -- along with buildings, roads, trees, and other terrain -- that allow aircraft to navigate safely at low altitudes, and we've used it to complete tens of thousands of flights on three continents,' Wing said in a blog post.
The field of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has seen a major boom thanks to the use of AI tools that make it easier to streamline the development of software robots. At Transform 2019 this week, experts weighed in on what will be required to take RPA from a simple point solution to a robust digital factory. The goal is not so much to replace humans, but to find better ways to complement human workflows. Telecom giant CenturyLink discovered that scaling and managing a bot workforce required a thoughtful approach. Brian Bond, consumer vice president at CenturyLink, said things started changing when they got up to around 100 bots.
Event Our offer of discount early-bird tickets for Minds Mastering Machines ends next Monday, so act now if you want to join us to learn how real organisations can exploit machine learning and artificial intelligence and save big. We'll be bringing together a fantastic lineup of experts and practitioners at our conference on September 30 and October 1, headlined by Facebook AI's London research manager Sebastian Riedel and machine-learning veteran Dr Lorien Pratt. And if you want to get deep, and save even more, you can also get early bird prices on our October 2 workshops, which cover: developing and deploying Neural Nets; text mining; developing with TensorFlow 2; and getting machine learning into production using containers and devops. The venue is the palatial QE II Conference Center, in London, England, and the event runs from September 30 to October 2. As usual there will be excellent food right the way through, as well as our first-day drinks party, meaning you can connect with the speakers and your fellow attendees But remember, early bird prices expire next week, so to lock in your spot, head to the MCubed website now.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced July 10 the appointment of Gil Alterovitz, PhD, as its first director of artificial intelligence, a position that will be based in the VA's Office of Research and Development. He has already launched a "sprint" to find partner organizations to apply AI technology to the VA's data. More articles about AI: 6 hospital applications for machine learning: algorithms to predict patient violence, HIV risk & more Viewpoint: The AI revolution will leave us'struggling to understand' Michigan Medicine, Atomwise launch research collaboration for AI-driven drug discovery
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has announced what it claims is a world first: a partnership with Amazon's Alexa to offer health advice from the NHS website. Britons who ask Alexa basic health questions like "Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?" The partnership does not add significantly to Alexa's skill-set, but it is an interesting step for the NHS. The UK's Department of Health (DoH) says it hopes the move will reduce the pressure on health professionals in the country, giving people a new way to access reliable medical advice. It will also benefit individuals with disabilities, like sight impairments, who may find it difficult to use computers or smartphones to find the same information.
BCI: Science&Practice is the only annual international conference in Russia with the focus on direct brain-machine interaction. Since October 2015 it is annually organized by Samara State Medical University and IT Universe Ltd in Samara, where a wide range of healthcare technologies, including brain-computer interfaces, virtual reality and other modern IT applications are developed . The conference is supported by Department of Information Technologies of Samara Region and Neuronet Industrial Union. The organizing and program committees members are leading scientists, representatives of state and non-commercial organizations, innovative companies. Attendance is free of charge.
"The strength of the shortlist is testament to the U.K.'s incredible scientific contribution," Sarah John, the Bank of England's chief cashier, said in a statement. The bank plans to put the new note into circulation by the end of 2021. Bank of England bills feature Queen Elizabeth's face on one side, and a notable figure from British history on the other. Scientists previously honored in this way include Newton, Darwin and the electrical pioneer Michael Faraday. The current £50 features James Watt, a key figure in the development of the steam engine, and Matthew Boulton, the industrialist who backed him.
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Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing will feature on the new design of the Bank of England's £50 note. He is celebrated for his code-cracking work that proved vital to the Allies in World War Two. The £50 note will be the last of the Bank of England collection to switch from paper to polymer when it enters circulation by the end of 2021. The note was once described as the "currency of corrupt elites" and is the least used in daily transactions. However, there are still 344 million £50 notes in circulation, with a combined value of £17.2bn, according to the Bank of England's banknote circulation figures.