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Air Force Betting on New Robotic Wingman

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The next year will be pivotal for the Air Force's effort to acquire a new class of autonomous drones, as industry teams compete for a chance to build a fleet of robotic wingmen that will soon undergo operational experimentation. The "Skyborg" program is one of the service's top science-and-technology priorities under the "Vanguard" initiative to deliver game-changing capabilities to its warfighters. The aim is to acquire relatively inexpensive, attritable unmanned aircraft that can leverage artificial intelligence and accompany manned fighter jets into battle. "I expect that we will do sorties where a set number are expected to fly with the manned systems, and we'll have crazy new [concepts of operation] for how they'll be used," Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Will Roper said during an online event hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. The platforms might even be called upon to conduct kamikaze missions.


Is Tesla Entering Machine Learning As A Service Market?

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Tesla may be introducing machine-learning training as a web service with its upcoming'Dojo' supercomputer, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter. Project Dojo was initially revealed by Musk last year and is a supercomputer which Tesla has been working on. The supercomputer has been designed to ingest massive amounts of video data and perform massive levels of unsupervised training on the visual data. The goal of Dojo will be to be able to take in vast amounts of data and train at a video level and do massive unsupervised training of vast amounts of video data. Dojo uses our own chips & a computer architecture optimized for neural net training, not a GPU cluster. Could be wrong, but I think it will be best in world.


Texas man builds candy-shooting cannon and robot to keep trick-or-treating alive

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. As the holiday draws closer, people across the country are still asking what Halloween will look like this year. Some areas have discussed canceling events like trick-or-treating, while it appears that others are looking to invent new ways to keep the tradition alive. Luke Keyes still plans on giving out candy to trick-or-treaters this year, even if he has to go high-tech for his solutions, KVUE reports.


8 developer roles that are in high demand in healthcare

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An example is Stereotaxis, a company that develops robotic systems that allow for precise navigation of minimally-invasive surgical catheters using computer-controlled magnetic fields. The technology is used for a specific type of surgery called cardiac ablation that treats heart rhythm disorders but has broader applications in endovascular surgery. Robotic control of cardiac ablation catheters allows for unprecedented surgical precision and safety. It allows physicians to perform a procedure protected from radiation and with enhanced integration of procedural information. Over 100,000 patients have been treated using Stereotaxis' robotic technology by over 100 hospitals globally.



Does Artificial Intelligence Keep Its Promises?

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Artificial Intelligence sounds freaking amazing: humanoid robots, artificial conscious, self learning systems and understanding the human brain. I won't lie; these were the things that motivated me to look into Artificial Intelligence. And till a certain extent they still do. I started out doing Physics and Life Sciences. One thing that caught my attention was the advancements in the field of so called "Artificial Neural Networks".


LafargeHolcim launches Industry 4.0 for cement production – Australian Bulk Handling Review

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LafargeHolcim will implement automation and robotics, artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance and digital twin technologies for its production process. The company is upgrading its production fleet for the future through its'Plants of Tomorrow" program. The program will be rolled out over four years as LafargeHolcim upgrades its technologies in the building materials industry. The company predicts a "Plants of Tomorrow" certified operation will show 15 to 20 percent of operational efficiency gains compared to a conventional cement plant. Among the technologies implemented are predictive operations that can detect abnormal conditions and process anomalies in real-time. This aims to reduce maintenance costs by more than 10 percent and significantly lower energy costs. Digital twins of plants will also be created to optimise training opportunities. Automation and robotics is another important element of the strategy. Unmanned surveillance is being performed for high exposure jobs in the entire plant. Partnering with Swiss start-up Flyability, the company is using drones that allow the frequency of inspections to increase while simultaneously reducing cost and increasing safety for employees by inspecting confined spaces. In addition, the new PACT (Performance and Collaboration) digital tool allows operational decision making from experience-based to data-centric, by combining data from various sources and enabling machine learning applications. LafargeHolcim is currently working on more than 30 pilot projects covering all regions where the company is active. The first integrated cement plant will be at LafargeHolcim's premises in Siggenthal, Switzerland, this plant will test all modules of the'Plants of Tomorrow' program. LafargeHolcim Global Head Cement Manufacturing, Solomon Baumgartner Aviles, said transforming the way we produce cement is one of the focus areas of our digitalisation strategy and the'Plants of Tomorrow' initiative will turn Industry 4.0 into reality at our plants. "These innovative solutions make cement production safer, more efficient and environmentally fit.


Intel Lab Transforms Your Phone into a Robot for $50

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a personal robot? Boston Dynamic's doglike Spot would be a great choice were it not for the hefty US$74,500 price tag. But don't worry -- a couple of Intel Labs researchers have proposed a novel method for building a robot called "OpenBot" on just a US$50 budget. Complete design and implementation information has been open-sourced, all you need to supply is the brain and sensory system -- your smartphone. Inspired by projects such as Google Cardboard that plug standard smartphones into cheap physical enclosures, the researchers developed and validated a design for a mobile robot that leverages a smartphone for sensory and computational abilities, communication channels and access to a software ecosystem. The robot is capable of mobile navigation with real-time onboard sensing and computation, and can perform tasks such as person-following and real-time autonomous navigation in unstructured environments.


Vision Processing Units (VPUs)

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On my first day working for MILLA, an autonomous shuttle company, I discovered a shuttle that can drive up to 30 km/h; quite an improvement if you compare it to our competitors at the time driving at 5–8 km/h. At the time, the shuttle was new and there was no GPU yet on it. In case you don't know what a GPU is, here's a quick picture that explains it well: A GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) parallels the processes so operations are done faster. In a self-driving car, this can be super useful for computer vision or point cloud processing. It was first released in video games because of the need to display multiple things at the same time.


Top 8 Artificial Intelligence Apps For Your Shopify Store

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For many of us, artificial intelligence seems like a distant future where robots will take over our jobs. In reality, AI is already everywhere and many Shopify apps have turned to AI and specifically machine learning to help you work with your data in several different ways. There are currently less than 100 Shopify apps that employ the use of AI for different types of tasks you might need help with from product recommendations to SEO, video creation, and email marketing. We've had an in-depth look at all AI-driven Shopify apps to select 8 of the best ones, each for a different need. Disclaimer: Remember that not all of these artificial intelligence apps will be compatible with your store's settings and theme.