Senvol, a 3D printing data specialist based in New York City, is developing data-driven machine learning additive manufacturing (AM) software for the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). The software will help the Navy cut out the process of trial and error during material development. New York's Senvol creates additive manufacturing software that analyzes the relationships between AM process parameters and material performance. With this software to hand, ONR will be able to develop what Senvol describes as "statistically substantiated material properties" in order to reduce the conventional material characterization and testing that is needed to develop design allowables (the statistically determined material property values ascertained from test data). "Our software's capabilities will allow ONR to select the appropriate process parameters on a particular additive manufacturing machine given a target mechanical performance," commented Senvol President Annie Wang.
Men and women have different patterns of smiling, new research reports -- and this, the authors add, can allow AI to easily distinguish between the genders. Image credits Benjamin D. Glass / U.S. Navy. Many a man has been enraptured by the right smile, and many more will probably follow -- although the opposite doesn't seem to hold true. Regardless, while romance unfolds across the world, one team of researchers from the University of Bradford is working to bring this subtle yet powerful gesture to bear in our interactions with artificial intelligence (AI). According to them, computers can learn to differentiate between men or women simply by observing a smile.
A senior scientist involved with the program told the South China Morning Post that China is working on updating old computer systems on nuclear submarines with an AI decision support system. The new system will relieve some of the load and mental burden from commanding officers. China believes its AI assistant could help commanders by assessing battlefield environments and recognizing threats more accurately than a human operator.
On the civilian side, the work at Wanshan could give China a greater say in setting standards for 21st-century infrastructure and AI uses. As for the military side, unmanned systems have a range of applications for logistics and combat. Robotic warships could handle anti-submarine missions, mine countermeasures, long-endurance patrol, espionage, and port security.
A prototype autonomous ship known as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) has officially been transferred to the U.S. Navy from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) after a two-year testing and evaluation program. Named "Sea Hunter," the Office of Naval Research will continue to develop the vessel from this point forward. Although there's no specific timetable for when the Sea Hunter would join active naval operations, the statement from DARPA indicated that it could happen as early as this year. The anti-submarine warfare vessel could be the first of an entirely new class of warship. "[Sea Hunter] represents a new vision of naval surface warfare that trades small numbers of very capable, high-value assets for large numbers of commoditized, simpler platforms that are more capable in the aggregate," said Fred Kennedy of DARPA.
A prototype autonomous ship known as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) has officially been transferred to the U.S. Navy from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) after a two-year testing and evaluation program. Named "Sea Hunter," the Office of Naval Research will continue to develop the vessel from this point forward.
DARPA has completed its part in the development of Sea Hunter, a submarine-hunting drone ship that can cross the open seas without a human crew for months at a time. It has officially handed over the ship's development to its project partner, the Office of Naval Research, which has already begun fine-tuning the drone's autonomous features. The Navy has also renamed the drone to Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV)... which really isn't any better than its old name, Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel or ACTUV. We've got a feeling people will stick to calling it Sea Hunter, unless the Navy can come up with a snappier nickname.