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IBM is working with the Air Force Research Lab on a TrueNorth 64-chip array

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IBM's chips are still too experimental to be used in mass production, but they've shown promise in running a special type of neural network called a spiking neural network. The chips are designed in such a way that researchers can run a single neural net on multiple data sets or run multiple neural nets on a single data set. Similar to other experimental computing hardware like chips enabling quantum annealing, IBM's TrueNorth approach has drawn criticism from some leaders of the field who say it offers limited advantages over more conventional custom chips, FPGAs and GPUs. He went on to argue that IBM's chips are designed for spiking neural networks, a type of network that hasn't shown as much promise as convolutional neural networks on common tasks like object recognition.


The future of the Air Force is fighter pilots leading drone swarms into battle

Popular Science

Earlier this month, Air Force F-35As were grounded because the system supplying oxygen to pilots failed, and the F-22 struggled with oxygen problems for years as well. Another challenge is the gravitational force on a pilot from sudden and sharp maneuvers; there is an upper limit on how much force a human body can withstand before they black out and possibly die. The primary target drone Fendley is talking about is the BQM-167 aerial target, which can cost between $750,000 and $900,000, depending on the options selected and the size of the order. That body is the basis for the Mako, one of two combat drones designed and built by Kratos.


Drone footage shows Apple's nearly finished spaceship campus against stunning sunset

Mashable

Apple's massive new spaceship campus, officially called "Apple Park," is nearly complete and should officially open later this year. New drone footage reveals how glorious the main campus and the Steve Jobs Theater look just as the sun is setting. It's Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive's most ambitious "product" to date, huge glass panels, toilets inspired by iPhones, patented pizza boxes that prevent pizza from getting soggy, and over 9,000 trees in the quad. Just outside of the campus is the Steve Jobs Theater.


AI that can shoot down fighter planes helps treat bipolar disorder: Engineering and medical researchers apply genetic fuzzy logic successfully to predict treatment outcomes for bipolar patients

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David Fleck, an associate professor at the UC College of Medicine, and his co-authors used artificial intelligence called "genetic fuzzy trees" to predict how bipolar patients would respond to lithium. The study authors found that even the best of eight common models used in treating bipolar disorder predicted who would respond to lithium treatment with 75 percent accuracy. But the model UC researchers developed using AI predicted how patients would respond to lithium treatment with 88 percent accuracy and 80 percent accuracy in validation. It turns out that the same kind of artificial intelligence that outmaneuvered Air Force pilots last year in simulation after simulation at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is equally adept at making beneficial decisions that can help doctors treat disease.


Watch SpaceX Fire Off Its Second Flight-Proven Falcon 9

WIRED

The rocket flew 10 satellites for the Virginia-based communications company Iridium from Vandenberg Air Force base in California--part of a long-term contract to deliver Iridium's 75-strong constellation of satellites to low-Earth orbit. With every reusable rocket launch, SpaceX hopes to inch itself closer toward its ultimate goal of perfecting rapidly reusable flight hardware and sending humans (cost-effectively) to Mars. After a successful launch and recovery on the Just Read the Instructions robotic drone ship, SpaceX cleaned and tested the Iridium-1 booster, then shipped it to Florida. SpaceX successfully test-fired the refurbished Falcon 9's engines last Thursday at Pad 39A.


Air Force drone crashes in remote area near Mt. Whitney

Los Angeles Times

A U.S. Air Force drone the size of a small airliner has crashed in a remote section of California near Mt. Edwards Air Force Base said in a statement that the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned surveillance aircraft, was making a routine trip Wednesday afternoon from Edwards to its usual home at Beale Air Force Base when it crashed for unknown reasons. The Inyo County Sheriff's Department said the crash caused a small wildfire that was quickly brought under control. It is slowly replacing the manned U-2 spy planes used for decades by the Air Force.


US Air Force Drone Crashes in Remote Area Near Mt. Whitney

U.S. News

FILE - In a Monday, June 30, 2008, file photo, Beale Air Force Base Airmen work on an RQ-4 Global Hawk into its hangar at Beale Air Force Base in Yuba County, Calif. An RQ-4 Global Hawk crashed in a remote section of eastern California near Mt. Edwards Air Force Base said in a statement that the unmanned surveillance aircraft was making a routine trip Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from Edwards to its usual home at Beale Air Force Base when it crashed for unknown reasons.


China's new powerful military drone image released

Daily Mail

In addition, the alleged drone would be able to avoid radar detection as it could fly at an extremely low altitude above the waters, according to Chinese news website Sina. It's said to be a member of the CH drone series and can fly at a low altitude above the sea The picture, thought to be of China's new military drone, was first posted by a Chinese internet user on Weibo on May 3. According to the report, the alleged drone could carry up to one tonne of aerial torpedoes, and could strike and defend at altitudes as low as one metre (3.2 feet) above the sea. The military channel of Chinese news website Sina said the aircraft is an anti-ship drone that could carry out'lethal strikes' on warships with aerial torpedoes It is also said to be the latest member of China's military drone series, known as Rainbow or CH.


Pentagon to use AI to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Daily Mail

It comes as military bosses say the thousands of military and civilian intelligence analysts are'overwhelmed' by the amount of video being recorded over the battlefield by drones with high resolution cameras. A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle: Military bosses say intelligence analysts are'overwhelmed' by the amount of video being recorded over the battlefield by drones with high resolution cameras. It is working hand in hand with the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office, a group modify existing weapons and technology to make them more versatile and lethal. The Algorithmic Warfare team is working hand in hand with the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office, a group modify existing weapons and technology to make them more versatile and lethal.


Video Friday: Friendly Cobot, Drone Swarms, and Robotic Recycling

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. One of the greatest things about DARPA is how they encourage progress through challenges and competitions, and the Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition gave three U.S. military service academies an enormous pile of quadrotor and fixed-wing drones, some airspace, and games to play: The United States Naval Academy bested West Point and the U.S. Air Force to win. WeRobotics' first Business Incubation program is organized at Nepal Flying Labs in early 2017. Starting with an "Ideation" phase in January, Nepal Flying Labs and our partners motivated young engineers throughout the country to brainstorm on how they can build their own business using drones creating new services.