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Keras – Fly spaceships with your mind


Open Source Python Deep Learning Library – 2015 published – code is hosted on GitHub – originally a uniform interface for various backend libraries (TensorFlow, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, Theano, R, PlaidM) – it focuses on being user-friendly, modular, and extensible, and Fast and easy prototyping of neural networks, – Part of the Tensorflow Core API, but was also continued independently – since version 2.4 Keras refers directly to the implementation of Tensorflow 2 – contains numerous implementations of commonly used neural-network building blocks (layers, activation functions, objectives, optimizers, tools to make working with image and text data)

Pilotless planes to fly passengers by 2030 as AI breakthrough announced


Pilotless passenger planes are planned to fly by 2030, a company has sensationally promised. Manufacturer Britten-Norman is to roll out single-piloted aircraft in five years and hopes to go fully pilot-free within a decade. The Isle of Wight-based company said it will allow operators to offer "uncrewed and piloted" flights. Britain's only independent commercial aircraft manufacturer said its ultimate goal of optional full automation "should be realised within this decade". But pilotless planes will need regulator approval and will likely scare off passengers, the British Airline Pilots' Association said.

This 'squidbot' jets around and takes pics of coral and fish


"Essentially, we recreated all the key features that squids use for high-speed swimming," said Michael T. Tolley, one of the paper's senior authors and a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego. "This is the first untethered robot that can generate jet pulses for rapid locomotion like the squid and can achieve these jet pulses by changing its body shape, which improves swimming efficiency." This squid robot is made mostly from soft materials such as acrylic polymer, with a few rigid, 3D printed and laser cut parts. Using soft robots in underwater exploration is important to protect fish and coral, which could be damaged by rigid robots. But soft robots tend to move slowly and have difficulty maneuvering.

Artificial Intelligence Research at General Electric

AI Magazine

General Electric is engaged in a broad range of research and development activities in artificial intelligence, with the dual objectives of improving the productivity of its internal operations and of enhancing future products and services in its aerospace, industrial, aircraft engine, commercial, and service sectors. Many of the applications projected for AI within GE will require significant advances in the state of the art in advanced inference, formal logic, and architectures for real-time systems. New software tools for creating expert systems are needed to expedite the construction of knowledge bases. Further, new application domains such as computer -aided design (CAD), computer- aided manufacturing (CAM), and image understanding based on formal logic require novel concepts in knowledge representation and inference beyond the capabilities of current production rule systems. Fundamental research in artificial intelligence is concentrated at Corporate Research and Development (CR&D), with advanced development and applications pursued in parallel efforts by operating departments.

Queensland named as home of Boeing's military drone production facility


Boeing and the Queensland government have announced a partnership that sees the Sunshine State become the home of Boeing's production facility for unmanned defence aircraft. Boeing said the facility would build the company's Airpower Teaming System, and it would be the first time a Boeing military aircraft has been designed and developed outside of the US. The pair also claimed that it would be the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered, and manufactured in Australia in over 50 years. "Our investment in this advanced manufacturing project will provide critical skills for suppliers, academia, and Boeing, and culminate in Queensland becoming the primary final assembly facility for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, conditional on orders," Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement. "Supporting this project is a significant investment in the Queensland defence and manufacturing industries and will strengthen ties between Australia and the global defence market."

Russia's Sixth-Generation Stealth Fighter Could Use Artificial Intelligence Weapons


Here's What You Need To Remember: Russia, along with China, has continued to explore ways of utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in weapons platforms--a move that the Pentagon has considered dangerous, as AI may not be able to properly separate civilians from targets in hostile zones. Even as Russia continues to overcome production issues with its Su-57 stealth fighter, Moscow reportedly has its eyes set on a sixth-generation fighter jet, which could be developed under the MiG-Sukhoi joint brand. Such a fighter could build on the best features of the MiG-21, which has become the most-produced supersonic jet in aviation history; and the very capable MiG-35, as well as the Su-57. "Possibly, this will be so: the fighter produced by the MiG-Sukhoi," Rostec Aviation Cluster Industrial Director Anatoly Serdyukov told Tass on Tuesday. "But so far, all the work is at the stage of discussions and it is early to speak about details."

A fleet of drones can be controlled by one person with a smartphone

New Scientist

A fleet of drones makes up MultiFlyer, a system that can be operated by one person and which could be used to survey crops or inspect buildings, or to help identify people during search rescue missions. The operator manages the fleet rather than individual drones, but can take over a single drone at will, using a tablet computer or even a smartphone. Several operators can share control, and the data gathered by the fleet is collated centrally.

Two UK-built shoebox-sized supercomputer satellites set for lift-off

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Two shoebox-sized supercomputer satellites, built in Scotland to monitor shipping movements from low-Earth orbit, are due for launch this afternoon. Each nanosatellite has an onboard supercomputer with machine learning algorithms that can provide'hyper-accurate predictions' of the locations of boats. The the so-called'Spire' satellites will calculate their arrival times at ports to help businesses and authorities manage busy docks, the UK Space Agency said. They will join a fleet of more than 100 objects in low Earth orbit that work together to track the whereabouts of ships and predict global ocean traffic. Two of the satellites will launch at lunchtime today and another couple will launch on an Indian PSLV rocket on November 1.

Air Force Betting on New Robotic Wingman


The next year will be pivotal for the Air Force's effort to acquire a new class of autonomous drones, as industry teams compete for a chance to build a fleet of robotic wingmen that will soon undergo operational experimentation. The "Skyborg" program is one of the service's top science-and-technology priorities under the "Vanguard" initiative to deliver game-changing capabilities to its warfighters. The aim is to acquire relatively inexpensive, attritable unmanned aircraft that can leverage artificial intelligence and accompany manned fighter jets into battle. "I expect that we will do sorties where a set number are expected to fly with the manned systems, and we'll have crazy new [concepts of operation] for how they'll be used," Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Will Roper said during an online event hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. The platforms might even be called upon to conduct kamikaze missions.

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