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What will the smart city of the future look like? - Information Age

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In 1900, only 14% percent of the world's population lived in urban areas. The number of smart cities around the world is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years and by 2050, 70 per cent of the world's population will be living in smart cities. Lighting technology will be at the heart of urban life in 2030, helping deliver more sustainable and better-connected smart cities. A city's lighting infrastructure will offer enormous potential to be part of a city-wide network capable of acquiring data and delivering information and services to and from millions of devices, from dustbins to autonomous vehicles.


Ruling gives FAA more power over drones than local governments

Engadget

When it comes to drone regulations, the FAA's rules trump anything local governments conjure up. Newton resident Michael Singer filed the lawsuit in a bid to eliminate some of the city's rules that don't align with the FAA's, including having to register with every municipality it has to fly over and to maintain an altitude of 400 feet and above over private and Newton city property. US District Judge William G. Young explained that "Newton's choice to restrict any drone use below this altitude (400 feet) thus works to eliminate any drone use in the confines of the city, absent prior permission. Since we're still figuring out which drone rules and regulations work, the judge's decision could influence similar cases and even local authorities' decisions regarding drone use in the future.


Autonomous drone network prepares to fly over Switzerland

Daily Mail

Developer Matternet, based in Menlo Park, California, has said it plans to tackle UK and German markets next if its Swiss service goes well. The drones will launch from stations that automatically replace the batteries and cargo, which are boxed by humans before flight and retrieved using a smartphone by scanning a QR code. The drone docks on top of the station and can carry up to 2 kilograms (4.4 lbs) The flying robots have a top speed of 70 kilometres per hour (43.5 mph) and can reach 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) on a single charge. US developer Matternet, based in Menlo Park, California, has said it plans to tackle UK and German markets next if its Swiss service goes well.


Video Friday: ANYmal Robot, Jibo Unboxing, and Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

After launching Overdrive a few years ago and, more recently, Cozmo and Code Lab, the San Francisco robotics company is announcing today a new version of Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition, to be released September 24. Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition merges the best elements of Anki's hit robotic battle-racing system with the adrenaline-fueled world of the Fast & Furious. It was tested in a variety of robotic applications where it showed significant expansion-contraction ability, being capable of expansion up to 900% when electrically heated to 80 C. Via computer controls, the autonomous unit is capable of performing motion tasks in almost any design. This week's CMU Robotics Institute Seminar comes from assistant professor David Held, on Robots Learning to Understand Environmental Changes: Robots today are typically confined to operate in relatively simple, controlled environments.


'Trump looking to loosen Obama limits on drone strikes'

Al Jazeera

The officials added that proposed drone attacks and raids would no longer undergo high-level vetting. NBC News cited officials at intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, Congress and the White House, who all requested anonymity to discuss the classified programme. The international human rights organisation Reprieve has found that since Trump took office in January this year, at least 30 civilians have been killed in ground raids and drone strikes in Yemen, where the US is not formally at war. In one week in March, the Trump administration conducted some 40 strikes in Yemen, including 25 on a single day.



Future of drones: How AI is driving UAV intelligence, autonomy

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Technologies like artificial intelligence and deep learning are driving drone's evolution and fueling their autonomous future, according to Jesse …


UK lifeboat crew tests drones as search and rescue helpers

Engadget

That all changes today, however, as a lifeboat service in Norfolk, England, has started using them in open water. "Normally you're at sea level trying to look out from the lifeboat," Peter King, a drone expert helping the lifeboat team told the BBC. According to the BBC, the lifeboat crew is in discussion with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) about using them full-time in the ocean. "In the past," King told the BBC, "there have been instances where we have been unsuccessful when searching for someone in need of help.


Drones and the Age of Automation

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Deep Learning or DL is a subfield of machine learning which makes use of artificial neural networks, a mathematical system inspired by the way neurons function in the human brain. AI is fast becoming an integral part of the drone industry by enhancing the intelligence of the drone systems with respect to flight operations, data management and most importantly traffic management. DL as already discussed earlier is an AI technique that gains knowledge through training a neural network, a computer system that's designed to process information like the human brain. It provides a complete end to end solution where it will design the optimum flight path for the drone in order to capture the most complete data for any use-case, fly the drone across this flight path and generate and analyze thorough 3D models based on the data captured.


Drones and the Age of Automation

#artificialintelligence

Deep Learning or DL is a subfield of machine learning which makes use of artificial neural networks, a mathematical system inspired by the way neurons function in the human brain. AI is fast becoming an integral part of the drone industry by enhancing the intelligence of the drone systems with respect to flight operations, data management and most importantly traffic management. DL as already discussed earlier is an AI technique that gains knowledge through training a neural network, a computer system that's designed to process information like the human brain. It provides a complete end to end solution where it will design the optimum flight path for the drone in order to capture the most complete data for any use-case, fly the drone across this flight path and generate and analyze thorough 3D models based on the data captured.