If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
The numbers of companies are working to establish a safe and secure drone traffic management system. DJI, GoPro and 3DR came up with the security thought and formed an alliance, known as Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI), to protect individual and commercial drone operations. ADI consists of manufacturers, developers and suppliers of drone tech, and is mainly policy-oriented. The group mainly focuses to protect individual, corporate and academic rights when it comes to drone use. ADI's goal is to promote innovation and growth of the drone technology in major areas.
Drone racing is returning back and this year the flight path will be among the installations at Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Drone Prix is expanding in a number of ways. The pro-level racers on April 14 and 15, and youth and amateur entrants on April 21, will be participating in the competition. Eno Umoh, Co-Founder of Global Air Media, stated that he wants drone racing to feel like a recreational sport. "The plan is to have this team stick together," he added.
Would you get on a plane that didn't have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots do such a good job that almost any air accident is big news, such as the Southwest engine disintegration on April 17. But stories of pilot drunkenness, rants, fights and distraction, however rare, are reminders that pilots are only human. Not every plane can be flown by a disaster-averting pilot, like Southwest Capt.
A day after President Trump promised to slash the red tape involved in weapons sales, the administration announced on Thursday a new policy that could vastly expand sales of armed drones, a contentious emblem of the shift toward remotely controlled warfare. That change, in addition to a newly released update to the policy governing which nations are allowed to buy sophisticated American-made weapons, is intended to accelerate arms sales, a key priority of Mr. Trump. The president seemed to foreshadow the new policies on Wednesday night, when he said at a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan that after allies order weapons from the United States, "we will get it taken care of, and they will get their equipment rapidly." "It would be, in some cases, years before orders would take place because of bureaucracy with Department of Defense, State Department," Mr. Trump said. It's now going to be a matter of days.
"It would be, in some cases, years before orders would take place because of bureaucracy with Department of Defense, State Department. It's now going to be a matter of days. If they're our allies, we are going to help them get this very important, great military equipment. And nobody, nobody, makes it like the United States.
Nowadays, the drones are available to everyone and its applications are seemingly endless. On the other hand, it's not easy to operate as it seems, as its operation require license, permission and training. FlyFreely, a startup that aims to make the process of flying drones commercially easier, has developed a software platform to handle the flight planning and approval processes. "No one has really come up with a single solution, and the industry is moving so fast. Everyone's reacting to the changes, it's just evolving so quickly," says David Cole, Founder and CEO of FlyFreely.
With the growth in the drone industry, topics such as safe integration of drones into airspace, and issues of personal privacy are something that could rise. Responding to such situations, DJI announced: the creation of an Alliance for Drone Innovation. The new organization assembles a wider range of stakeholders to support the economic safety, innovation and expansion of drones. ADI states that a healthy recreational drone ecosystem is necessary for the development of hardware, software and talent required to nurture a drone industry. ADI also appreciates the FAA's Know Before You Fly campaign and also supports the creation of a microcategory for drone operations.
Lately, drone industries have shown a certain rise and new drone companies are springing up. DroneDeploy understood that software, not hardware was the future, and in five years, both technology and adoption has come a long way. The quick results and the shortened processing time of usable maps have helped the farmers and the construction workers in improving their entire workflow to be more efficient and cost effective. DroneDeploy issues improvements and enhancements to the product regularly and each new development help them leave their competitor behind. Moreover, the company has the depth and business expertise which should keep it on top for a longer period of time.
The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward. Whereas current military drones are still controlled by people, this new technology will decide who to kill with almost no human involvement. Once complete, these drones will represent the ultimate militarisation of AI and trigger vast legal and ethical implications for wider society. There is a chance that warfare will move from fighting to extermination, losing any semblance of humanity in the process.
Weapons of war have evolved over time, but the decision to kill has always been left with humans. But with developing AI and autonomous technology, it is now possible to build killing machines that require no human input at all. Taking the final decision away from a human raises serious ethical concerns over the use of fully-autonomous weapons. It could mean wars will be less about fighting, and more extermination. In an article for The Conversation, Dr Peter Lee, Director for Security and Risk Research and Innovation at the University of Portsmouth explains the potential devastation these machines could cause.