Ocean-spanning drones could attack the US from Africa

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A company called Advanced Aircraft Company has created a drone called Greased Lightening which combines the best bits of drone and aeroplane design. Over the next few years experts believe electric UAS will need more powerful electric motors, lighter solar cells and flight management systems that require a minimum of human input. One of these companies, Advanced Aircraft Company, has created a drone called Greased Lightening which combines the best bits of drone and aeroplane design. Over the next few years experts believe electric UAS will need more powerful electric motors, lighter solar cells and flight management systems that require a minimum of human input.

Anti-Drone Tools Tested: From Shotguns To Superdrones


On that scorching day earlier this month, the SparrowHawk was just one of several drone defenses tested by Phoenix-based security consultancy Bishop Fox. Here are the more practical drone defense tools they tested, and what they found. For those who'd rather not carry a loaded shotgun as their go-to drone defense, these smaller, flashlight-shaped "net guns" provide a less threatening approach. Aside from its clunky setup process and price, it's not clear if it could keep up with a more nimble or fast-moving target than the 3D Robotics quadcopter Bishop Fox tested it against.

The Camera Drone Company That Fell to Earth


In June 2016, Antoine Balaresque, the cofounder and CEO of the hot new startup Lily Robotics, stood before a room of business students at Berkeley's Haas School of Business, ready to reveal the PowerPoint slides that had made him an instant startup celebrity. Lily benefitted from "Demo Day," a startup competition at Berkeley, where Bradlow and Balaresque received $400,000 in seed money from angel investors. According to interviews conducted by the San Francisco DA's office, Chris Frey with CMI Productions, a production company focused on tech companies, said that he was hired along with Kremer to help Lily Robotics produce what would be its launch video. Because the Inspire featured a rotating camera that could shoot from more angles than the Lily, Balaresque and Bradlow told Kremer to make sure that the Inspire maintained stiff shots--more like the footage a Lily camera would make.

Parley 'SnotBot' expedition brings machine learning and artificial intelligence to whale research - IT Peer Network


In more than five years with Intel Labs, I've had the good fortune to be involved with a team of extremely bright people focused on researching large-scale machine learning and data mining techniques. This week's Parley SnotBot expedition, parts of which will be captured live by National Geographic, will build on the work being done by the Mind's Eye Lab, a research initiative arising out of a collaboration between Intel Labs and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Applied to drone video, machine learning can learn and remove the distortions caused by water, bringing out whale color patterns, speckling, and shape. While this week's expedition focuses on humpback whales, the same technologies can be applied to other animals to generate deeper insights than would be possible even with direct observations in the field.

9 Drones You Can Get for Less Than $150 – The Gadget Flow – Medium


Build your very own airplane with the PowerUp FPV Paper Airplane Drone. Compatible with the DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 3 quadcopter, WaterStrider is an amazing all-terrain drone converter. Introducing what is believed to be the world's smallest, live-streaming drone, JETJAT ULTRA. This mini drone comes with a 2.4Ghz radio system and can be considered as one of the smallest radio controlled full function quad available on the market today.

Beyond the Hype: An AI-Driven World Is Still a Long Way Off


A panel of experts at the recent 2017 Wharton Global Forum in Hong Kong outlined their views on the future for artificial intelligence (AI), robots, drones, other tech advances and how it all might affect employment in the future. Their comments came in a panel session titled, "Engineering the Future of Business," with Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett moderating and speakers Pascale Fung, a professor of electronic and computer engineering at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Vijay Kumar, dean of engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and Nicolas Aguzin, Asian-Pacific chairman and CEO for J.P.Morgan. A fundamental problem is that most observers do not realize just how vast an amount of data is needed to operate in the physical world -- ever-increasing amounts, or, as Kumar calls it -- "exponential" amounts. "To have electric power and motors and batteries to power drones that can lift people in the air -- I think this is a pipe dream.

Fake duck test shows drones and AI beat humans at bird census

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An experiment using fake ducks to stand in for the real thing has found that when it comes to counting birds, drones beat humans. Jarrod Hodgson and his colleagues at the University of Adelaide in Australia had previously used aerial images from drones to count seabirds and found that the drones had a more comprehensive view of the colonies than the people trying to count them on the ground. After the team set the fakes up on the beach, drones began taking aerial photographs of the "colonies", one of which had more than 1000 plastic ducks. Humans counted the fake birds in these images, and also made counts from vantage points on the ground.

Drones and phones are the next frontier for AI breakthroughs


"Machine learning and artificial intelligence not only makes devices more autonomous and valuable but also allows them to be more personal depending on what a customer likes or needs," says Vadim Budaev, software development team leader at Scorch AI. Much of the work in the area is being led by tech's biggest companies, which are adding basic AI and machine learning applications to products as they develop them. If phones can't process data quickly enough, AI systems will run down their batteries. Google's Tensor Processing Units powers its translate and search systems, while UK startup Graphcore has developed its own machine learning chips.

Push to teach drone owners about safety after near misses

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Currently it is almost impossible to trace a gadget spotted flying in restricted airspace. The Government has stressed the tougher rules are not aimed at small children flying light plastic drones sold in many toy shops. By registering drones and introducing safety awareness tests to educate users, we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public.' Pilots have long warned a'disaster' is inevitable unless tougher laws are introduced.

Terminator vs. Real Life; The current state of Unmanned Warfare - SogetiLabs


All this research has resulted in Drones, Tactical Ground Robots, Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicles (UCGV) and much more functionalities. Well, the Uran-9, as shown above, is an example of an Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV). We don't have registered cases of Lethal Autonomous Robots (LAR) or Autonomous Weapons where the intelligent system selects and the engages on targets without human intervention. In his paper'Ethical Robots in Warfare' Professor Arkin names the pro's and con's of Lethal Autonomous Robots.