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MIT Wind-Powered UAV for Ocean Monitoring

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A robotic system, which draws from both nautical and biological designs, has been developed by engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Their innovative robotic glider can skim along the water's surface. The research team say their robotic device rides the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat. In high wind conditions the robot is designed to stay aloft, much like its avian counterpart, whereas in calmer winds, the robot has a keel it can dip into the water allowing it to ride in the manner of a highly efficient sailboat. The robotic system is relatively lightweight, weighing about 6 pounds, and can cover a given distance using one-third as much wind as an albatross and traveling 10 times faster than a typical sailboat.


Tomorrow's Factories Will Need Better Processes, Not Just Better Robots

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When people think of the automotive Factory of the Future, the first word that comes to mind is automation. They think of the "lights-out" factory that General Motors Chief Executive Roger Smith fantasized about in 1982 and Elon Musk talks about building today--plants so dominated by robots and machines that they don't need lights to work. There's no doubt that the auto industry will continue to vigorously pursue automation solutions to lower the cost of producing cars. But the reality is that any major leap forward on cost and efficiency will no longer be possible through automation alone, since most of the tasks that can be automated in an automotive factory have already been tackled. When a real Factory of the Future arrives, it will not look different because we have automated the processes we use today.


Albatross robot takes flight

MIT News

MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat. In regions of high wind, the robot is designed to stay aloft, much like its avian counterpart. Where there are calmer winds, the robot can dip a keel into the water to ride like a highly efficient sailboat instead. The robotic system, which borrows from both nautical and biological designs, can cover a given distance using one-third as much wind as an albatross and traveling 10 times faster than a typical sailboat. The glider is also relatively lightweight, weighing about 6 pounds.


Darpa's Next Challenge? A Grueling Underground Journey

WIRED

I can't sit here and guarantee you a robot won't take your job one day--capitalism kind of has a thing for automation. What I can tell you is that in the near future, robots will be doing jobs that no one wants to do. Which is why for its next robotics competition, Darpa is going underground, with the Darpa Subterranean Challenge. If you don't remember, that's the same far-out federal research agency that put on the Grand Challenge (which helped kick off the self-driving car revolution), and the Robotics Challenge (which helped get humanoids walking among us). And now it's calling on researchers to autonomously explore the innards of Earth.


27 Incredible Examples Of Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Machine Learning In Practice

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There are so many amazing ways artificial intelligence and machine learning are used behind the scenes to impact our everyday lives and inform business decisions and optimize operations for some of the world's leading companies. Here are 27 amazing practical examples of AI and machine learning. Using natural language processing, machine learning and advanced analytics, Hello Barbie listens and responds to a child. A microphone on Barbie's necklace records what is said and transmits it to the servers at ToyTalk. There, the recording is analyzed to determine the appropriate response from 8,000 lines of dialogue.


A peek at BMW's self-driving ride-hailing plans

Engadget

Automakers are trying to figure out where they fit in the autonomous-driving future. With sales falling, some of these companies are exploring the idea of becoming ride-hailing services too. BMW is one of them and during the opening of its autonomous Driving Campus in Germany, it offered rides in an autonomous 7 Series that gave us a glimpse of its plans. The ride itself was short. A quick circle on a closed course peppered with stationary BMWs in a parking lot -- but it was autonomous.


Artificial intelligence is changing our lives and now is the time to decide how

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Artificial intelligence has moved from science fiction to science fact. OPINION: You have probably chatted with Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri. Autonomous vehicles are proliferating in the air, on the water and on land. And you may be familiar with the personalised recommendations of Netflix. But did you know that your bank's decision to approve or deny your loan application may rely on the judgment of predictive algorithms?


Artificial intelligence is changing our lives and now is the time to decide how

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Artificial intelligence has moved from science fiction to science fact. OPINION: You have probably chatted with Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri. Autonomous vehicles are proliferating in the air, on the water and on land. And you may be familiar with the personalised recommendations of Netflix. But did you know that your bank's decision to approve or deny your loan application may rely on the judgment of predictive algorithms?


Tesla Ramps Up Model 3 Production and Predicts Profitability

WIRED

After a tumultuous year in stormy seas, Tesla is making progress toward a safe harbor. In a report to investors today, the automaker revealed that it built more than 2,000 Model 3 sedans for three consecutive weeks in April, an encouraging number for a company that has lagged badly on its production targets for this all-important vehicle. Trouble is an old friend to Elon Musk's young automaker, which over a 15-year existence has confronted one near-disaster (flirtations with bankruptcy, high-profile crashes, lawsuits, federal investigations, grievous delays) after another. The fans cheer, the stock goes up, the short-sellers are foiled again. This report foreshadows another victory lap: "If we execute according to our plans, we will at least achieve positive net income excluding non-cash stock based compensation in Q3 and Q4," it states.


27 Incredible Examples Of AI And Machine Learning In Practice

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There are so many amazing ways artificial intelligence and machine learning are used behind the scenes to impact our everyday lives and inform business decisions and optimize operations for some of the world's leading companies. Here are 27 amazing practical examples of AI and machine learning. Using natural language processing, machine learning and advanced analytics, Hello Barbie listens and responds to a child. A microphone on Barbie's necklace records what is said and transmits it to the servers at ToyTalk. There, the recording is analyzed to determine the appropriate response from 8,000 lines of dialogue.