'We don't want robots in F1' - Horner defends Verstappen

BBC News

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has defended Max Verstappen after he pushed rival driver Esteban Ocon, saying: "Drivers aren't robots and we don't want them to be." Verstappen confronted Force India's Ocon following Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix after a collision between the pair cost the 21-year-old Dutchman victory. Governing body the FIA has ordered him to do "two days of public service". "I don't think it got out of hand," said Horner. "Through the irresponsible actions of a backmarker we've lost a grand prix, and it just wasn't handled at all well by Ocon. It was totally irresponsible to be racing Max.

Video: Stunt Actors May Be Replaced By This A.I. Technology One Day Soon


A longstanding goal in character animation is to combine data-driven specification of behavior with a system that can execute a similar behavior in a physical simulation, thus enabling realistic responses to perturbations and environmental variation. We show that well-known reinforcement learning (RL) methods can be adapted to learn robust control policies capable of imitating a broad range of example motion clips, while also learning complex recoveries, adapting to changes in morphology, and accomplishing user-specified goals. Our method handles keyframed motions, highly-dynamic actions such as motion-captured flips and spins, and retargeted motions. By combining a motion-imitation objective with a task objective, we can train characters that react intelligently in interactive settings, e.g., by walking in a desired direction or throwing a ball at a user-specified target. This approach thus combines the convenience and motion quality of using motion clips to define the desired style and appearance, with the flexibility and generality afforded by RL methods and physics-based animation. We further explore a number of methods for integrating multiple clips into the learning process to develop multi-skilled agents capable of performing a rich repertoire of diverse skills. We demonstrate results using multiple characters (human, Atlas robot, bipedal dinosaur, dragon) and a large variety of skills, including locomotion, acrobatics, and martial arts.

China steps up drone race with stealth aircraft, AK-47-toting chopper drones

The Japan Times

ZHUHAI, CHINA – China is unleashing stealth drones and pilotless aircraft fitted with AK-47 rifles onto world markets, racing to catch up to U.S. technology and adding to a fleet that has already seen combat action in the Middle East. Combat drones were among the jet fighters, missiles and other military hardware shown off this past week at Airshow China, the country's biggest aerospace industry exhibition. A delta-winged stealth drone received much attention, highlighting China's growing production of sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles seeking to compete with the U.S. military's massive fleet. The CH-7 -- a charcoal-gray UAV unveiled at the air show -- is as long as a tennis court and has a 22-meter (72-feet) wingspan. It can fly at more than 800 kph (500 mph) and at an altitude of 13,000 meters (42,650 feet).

Here’s what 100 mini drones look like flying through the Rockettes holiday show


The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes has taken place every holiday season in New York City since 1933. But this year the always festive finale will look different -- and be way more high-tech. That's because Intel is bringing in its lightweight Shooting Star Mini drones -- the ones that made appearances at the Olympics and the Super Bowl -- for some light-filled, choreographed visions. The final scene is called "Christmas Lights"; it's all very on theme. Most notable will be the sheer number of drones: A hundred of them, all synced and moving together to create holiday cheer.

Roborace won't use a fully driverless car for its first season


Roborace has long talked of completely driverless cars hitting the track when its first season gets underway, but the company has had a change of heart. CEO (and Formula E winner) Lucas di Grassi has revealed to that Roborace's "Season Alpha" will use a new DevBot 2.0 car with space for a human driver. The organic crews will take the wheel for part of the race, with the autonomous component taking control for the rest. The picture of a driver hopping out of the car "better exemplifies" the differences between piloted and autonomous driving, di Grassi said. He also argued that racing needs a "human component."

Japan to ban drones near venues for 2020 Olympic Games

The Japan Times

The Japanese government has decided to ban flying drones near venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games during the events, a government source said Friday. As part of efforts to counter possible terrorist attacks, the government aims to pass legislation that will allow police to collect and destroy drones if they are flown near designated zones without permission, the source said. The government will also consider whether the envisioned law should include U.S. military bases and Self-Defense Forces facilities as restricted areas, the source said, adding that the regulation will also cover venues of the Rugby World Cup 2019 during the event. It plans to submit a bill for relevant laws to the ordinary Diet session to be convened early next year. Japan already prohibits drone flights above such key facilities as the Prime Minister's Office and the Imperial Palace, but many sports venues are not covered.

Could Big Data Replace the Creative Director at the Gap?


If you're not into fashion, you may not recognize that name, but Karl Lagerfeld is to fashion as Wayne Gretzky is to hockey as Mick Jagger is to rock and roll as Steve Jobs is to consumer tech. He is, according to industry insiders, nothing less than a fashion god. Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1938, he designed his first line of clothing at the tender age of 17. His meteoric rise is legendary among creative directors and today at 83, he still has tremendous influence in the fashion world as creative director at Chanel and Fendi. Lagerfeld proved over decades that he had the creative vision to know what consumers would want next before they even knew themselves. He once said, "I am not a marketing person. I don't ask myself questions.

Wheelchair ramp jump tops list of new Guinness World Records for 2018

The Japan Times

LONDON – Guinness World Records celebrates its annual records day on Thursday, honoring a long list of people who have done highly improbable things better than anyone else. The World Records Day often includes a Rubik's cube solved in unlikely circumstances against the clock, and this year was no exception. China's Que Jianyu recorded the fastest time to crack the puzzle upside down: 15.84 seconds. The Harlem Globetrotters, the U.S. stunt basketball team, generally fields a number of record-setters, or at least attempts. This year, one of them was Torch George, who managed the most under-the-leg tumbles -- 32 -- and at 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm) may also set a record as the most diminutive Globetrotter.

AWS, Veritone: Machine Learning, AI Can Help Monetize Ads, Content


Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence can be used by media and entertainment (M&E) companies to help them monetize broadcast ads and content, according to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Veritone. "At Amazon, we have been making investments in machine learning for many years," Christopher Kuthan, AWS business development lead for Media Industry Solutions, said Nov. 6 during the webinar "Monetize Media Broadcast Ads & Content with Machine Learning" (ML). "Customers' experiences at Amazon are driven through machine learning capabilities," including its supply chain forecasting, fulfillment and logistics, he told listeners. Its new drone initiative is "driven by deep learning and machine learning capabilities" also, he said, noting the company has "thousands of engines…that are committed to machine learning and deep learning, and it's really a deep part of our heritage." A wide range of Amazon customers and partners are now using ML on the AWS platform, he noted.

Fortnite partners with NFL to bring American Football outfits for all 32 teams

The Independent

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Fortnite developer Epic Games has partnered with the National Football League (NFL) in order to bring team outfits to the hugely popular video game. From 9 November, Fortnite players will be able to get hold of outfits from all 32 teams in the NFL, as well as other American Football-themed items from the game's Battle Royale Item Shop. "We see the popularity of Fortnite every day at the NFL as many of our players are passionate about this game," said Brian Rolapp, chief media and business officer at the NFL. "This partnership represents a great opportunity for millions of NFL fans who are Fortnite players to express their fandom inside the game while at the same time exposing our brand to countless others." The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.