Infrastructure & Services

A hybrid startup offers AI services to business


A Canadian startup, Element AI, wants to let all businesses tap into the world's best AI minds. Element AI will let researchers stay in their university posts while working on corporate projects. These member firms will tap Element AI's brain trust and license its technical platform. If the client lacks images to train the algorithm, Element AI's work in an adjacent area--say, corrosion on railway tracks--could be used.

How to reduce Zika using flying robots


Our partners at the joint FAO/IAEA Insect Pest Control Lab in Vienna, Austria have been working to perfect the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) in order to sterilize and release male mosquitos in Zika hotspots. Our field tests in Peru will also seek to identify the optimal flight parameters for the targeted and homogenous delivery of sterilized mosquitos. The plan is for Peru Flying Labs to operate the flying robots and release mechanisms as need once we have a more robust version of the release mechanism. The vision here is to have a fleet of flying robots at our Flying Labs equipped with release mechanisms in order to collectively release millions of sterilized mosquitos over relatively large areas.

NVIDIA Metropolis Is Paving the Way Toward Smarter Traffic NVIDIA Blog


Miovision's Open City platform gets data from existing city infrastructure and the company's own video cameras, and applies AI to create insights from it. The company uses deep neural networks to analyze the raw data they get from cameras and city infrastructure. The project aims to use the GPU power and energy efficiency of the Jetson TX1 platform to identify cyclists through neural networks fed real-time data from cameras installed in traffic lights. Like Miovision's McBride, Zimmerman sees the NVIDIA Metropolis platform and Jetson TX2's improved energy efficiency as a step towards solar-powered intelligence -- in this case, in the shape of smart traffic lights powered entirely by the sun's rays.

LG's Hub Robot is a cross between Bicentennial Man and Eve from Wall-E


Over the past seven days, the firm has announced new wireless headphones, a levitating speaker and today it unveiled its latest smart home products including a household robot that is a cute rival to Amazon Echo and Google Home. It connects to other smart appliances in the home and uses Amazon Alexa's voice recognition technology to carry out tasks. Unlike Amazon and Google's devices, however, LG's Hub Robot moves and swivels in place and shows "a wide range of emotions" using a face on its display. Other LG robots unveiled ahead of the Consumer Electronic Show include a robot that mows your lawn.

'Jihadi' Wi-Fi hotspot grounds Thomson airways flight bound for London Gatwick

The Independent

A Thomson flight this week was grounded because of concerns over a Wi-Fi hotspot named "Jihadi London". The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped ...

Report: 96 percent of pilot-reported drone sightings are totally benign

Popular Science

The FAA added an unprecedented number of new pilots: 770,000 registered drone operators, which is almost 200,000 more than the 584,000 total pilot certificates held in 2016. The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), a hobbyist organization founded in 1936, today published a report examining the reported close calls between drones and crewed aircraft. Besides drones, objects pilots reported to the FAA and in the sightings data include balloons, birds, kites, parasails, and even a "blob." In 2015, when the FAA first released this data, they did so under the headline "Pilot Reports of Close Calls With Drones Soar in 2015", a rhetorical leap that conflates the mere sighting of a drone with reckless endangerment of an aircraft.

A Weird Time for Drone Operators

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

After all, the FAA has been loudly asserting its authority over drones flying in federally protected airspace, which it's been claiming extends down to the level of the grass.

FEDS’ FLIGHT PLAN Airlines told to prep for wider electronics ban

FOX News

In March, officials implemented the initial ban of certain electronic devices on flights to the U.S. from 13 international airports due to reports of increased terror threats that suggested Al Qaeda and other groups were still looking to smuggle explosive materials onboard planes. When DHS implemented the initial ban, it said that there was "reason to be concerned" about attempts by terrorist groups to "circumvent aviation security," and said that terrorist groups continue to "target aviation interests." According to DHS, the affected airports were: Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport, Cairo International Airport, Ataturk International Airport, Saudi Arabia's Kin Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia's King Khalid International Airport, Kuwait International Airport, Morocco's Mohammad V Airport, Qatar's Hamad International Airport, Dubai International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Last week, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News that recent changes to aviation security were based on "specific and credible intelligence."

The Loony 'Circular Runway' Will Never Happen, But Maybe It Should


Hesselink's concept depends on streamlining the way aircraft approach airfields, something that increasingly sophisticated navigational tools could make possible. Take, for example, the increased automation of air traffic control you'd need to land multiple aircraft at different points on the same circle, simultaneously. In Hesselink's vision, human controllers manage traffic flows, as opposed to individual planes. "The same automation that makes the circular runway feasible might allow improvements to air traffic control and conventional methods," says Sarah Hubbard, an assistant professor at Purdue University who studies airport operations.