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An NYPD security robot will be patrolling the Times Square subway station


The New York Police Department (NYPD) is implementing a new security measure at the Times Square subway station. It's deploying a security robot to patrol the premises, which authorities say is meant to "keep you safe." We're not talking about a RoboCop-like machine or any human-like biped robot -- the K5, which was made by California-based company Knightscope, looks like a massive version of R2-D2. Albert Fox Cahn, the executive director of privacy rights group Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, has a less flattering description for it, though, and told The New York Times that it's like a "trash can on wheels." K5 weighs 420 pounds and is equipped with four cameras that can record video but not audio.

You have the right to remain cyborg: NYPD's new ROBOT cop that will police city's subways is unveiled by NYC Mayor Eric Adams - in response to rising crime

Daily Mail - Science & tech

New York City's busiest subway station has a new crew member -- an almost 400-pound robocop unveiled by NYC Mayor Eric Adams. 'We're committed to exploring innovative tools to continue to make this city the safest big city in America, and this robot K5, it has the potential to serve as an important tool in our toolbox,' Adams said Friday as he unveiled the machine. The robot, a product of California-based autonomous security robots developer Knightscope, has four cameras it can use to shoot video and moves at 3mph. It will roam the Times Square -- 42 street subway station alongside a human officer for two weeks as part of a test run from city hall. After that, it is expected to patrol the mezzanine level of the station for two months.

Airport in western Russia attacked by drones, aircraft damaged: Reports

Al Jazeera

Russian transport aircraft have been reported damaged in a drone attack on an airport in Russia's western city of Pskov – located near the borders of Latvia and Estonia – where explosions, a large blaze and gunfire were reported, a local official and state media said. Russia's state-run TASS news agency, quoting emergency services, said early on Wednesday morning that four Il-76 heavy transport aircraft, which have long been the workhorse of the Russian military, were damaged at the airfield in Pskov, located roughly 800km (some 500 miles) from the border with Ukraine. "The defence ministry is repelling a drone attack in Pskov's airport," the regional Governor Mikhail Vedernikov said on the Telegram messaging app, posting a video of a large fire, with sounds of explosions and sirens in the background. Vedernikov, who was at the scene of the attack, said that "according to preliminary information, there are no victims". The scale of the damage to the airport was being assessed, he said.

MuskDonald's! Tesla gets approval to open an all-night DINER in Hollywood - complete with a drive-in cinema and charging station

Daily Mail - Science & tech

With their roller-skating waiters and rows of polished convertibles, drive-in movie theatres were once all the rage in 1950s and 60s America. They gradually died out around 50 years ago as the rise of the VHS ushered in a preference to watch films from home, but still evoke a sense of nostalgia at the idea of witnessing Hollywood's golden age from the comfort of a car. Now, thanks to Elon Musk, they may well see a mini resurgence. That's because the billionaire entrepreneur has received approval to open an all-night Tesla diner that would include a drive-in cinema and charging station. It will feature two 45-foot LED movie screens running famous film clips 24/7.

Prediction of Social Dynamic Agents and Long-Tailed Learning Challenges: A Survey

Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research

Autonomous robots that can perform common tasks like driving, surveillance, and chores have the biggest potential for impact due to frequency of usage, and the biggest potential for risk due to direct interaction with humans. These tasks take place in openended environments where humans socially interact and pursue their goals in complex and diverse ways. To operate in such environments, such systems must predict this behaviour, especially when the behavior is unexpected and potentially dangerous. Therefore, we summarize trends in various types of tasks, modeling methods, datasets, and social interaction modules aimed at predicting the future location of dynamic, socially interactive agents. Furthermore, we describe long-tailed learning techniques from classification and regression problems that can be applied to prediction problems. To our knowledge this is the first work that reviews social interaction modeling within prediction, and long-tailed learning techniques within regression and prediction.

UK air traffic issue fixed but flights remain affected

Al Jazeera

Britain's National Air Traffic Services (NATS) was hit by a technical problem for several hours on Monday, causing widespread disruption to flights using the United Kingdom's airspace. NATS had earlier had to restrict the flow of aircraft after the issue affected its system's ability to automatically process flight plans, with airlines and airports warning of delays and cancellations. "We have identified and remedied the technical issue affecting our flight planning system this morning. We are now working closely with airlines and airports to manage the flights affected as efficiently as possible," NATS said in a statement later on Monday. "The flight planning issue affected the system's ability to automatically process flight plans, meaning that flight plans had to be processed manually which cannot be done at the same volume, hence the requirement for traffic flow restrictions."

UK airspace chaos explained: How a 'huge network failure' has sparked delays for thousands travellers - so could a CYBERATTACK be to blame?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Britain's air traffic control systems have been hit by a'huge network failure' today -- prompting confusion, chaos and huge delays for thousands of holidaymakers. NATS, the national air traffic controllers, stressed that UK airspace is not closed but it has brought in traffic restrictions to'maintain safety'. Engineers are working hard to fix the fault but hundreds of flights in and out of the country have been delayed – some for'at least 12 hours' – and there are fears the knock-on effect could last days. No cause of the technical issue has been revealed but social media is rife with claims that a cyber attack might be to blame. It comes just months after all flights across America were grounded for the first time since 9/11, when an unexplained computer system failure prompted fears that hackers had targeted the network.

Russian air defences down two drones near Moscow, mayor says

Al Jazeera

Russian air defence systems have brought down two combat drones west of the Russian capital, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. The drones were downed early on Tuesday over the Moscow region's towns of Krasnogorsk and the settlement of Chastsy, Sobyanin said. One in the Krasnogorsk area, the other in the Chastsy area," he Sobyanin said on the Telegram messaging app, adding that emergency services were responding. The Moscow mayor did not give details on damage or casualties in what is the latest attempted drone raid on the Russian capital. Air traffic at Moscow's Vnukovo, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports was briefly halted, Russia's state news agency TASS reported, quoting an aviation service source as saying. "Glass damage was recorded on several floors" in a multi-storey residential building in Krasnogorsk," the news agency said, without specifying whether it was the result of a drone strike.

Company behind Louisville's disastrous rollout of a new school bus system had similar issues in Ohio last year

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on The company behind a disastrous change to a Kentucky city's school bus routes that resulted in more than a week of canceled classes had similar problems in two cities in neighboring Ohio last year. Touting its connections to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bus-routing vendor AlphaRoute pitched its mathematical models and machine-learning technology as a way of saving money and smoothing out complex bus routes in Louisville, Kentucky, and school districts across the U.S. But real-world problems often got in the way.

Logistical crisis prompts school closures in Louisville as new bus route overhaul hits snags

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A total overhaul of bus routes for Louisville's school district turned into a logistical meltdown on the first day of classes because the new plan created too steep a learning curve for the system, district officials said Friday, forcing administrators to cancel two days of classes and leaving parents and state legislators fuming. It took just one disastrous day for Jefferson County Public Schools leaders to completely reexamine the transportation plan for Kentucky's largest district, which serves 96,000 students. Some kids arrived home hours late on Wednesday, and classes were canceled Thursday and Friday.