This futuristic footage shows driverless 4x4s being directed by unseen British soldiers using games console-style controllers in a world first. The Ministry of Defence yesterday announced it has worked with the US to trial an improved method of transporting food, fuel and ammunition to the front line. Over the course of a week, 'hoverbikes' and robotic trucks were tested in Michigan for the first time ever. It is hoped that remote control of vehicles will limit risks to soldiers by making'autonomous resupply' the norm. Footage from an exercise three years in the making shows a robotic convoy of trucks race across the vast landscape led by the six-tonne British Army MAN SV.
Driverless cars face a'real risk' of being hacked en masse when they are introduced to Britain, an expert has warned. The connected nature of these vehicles could make them a'target' for hackers, according to evidence submitted to Parliament. Matthew Channon, an insurance expert on driverless cars from Exeter University, has written to MPs to warn of the danger of road accidents. The connected nature of these vehicles could make them a'target' for hackers, according to evidence submitted to Parliament (stock image) Technology experts agree that'connected and autonomous vehicles' without drivers are at risk, following two high-profile US hacks of cars. There are concerns terrorists could fool the automated cars into detecting obstacles which are not there and remotely slam on their brakes.
Russia has boasted its robot tank outperformed manned vehicles in recent tests paving the way for Vladimir Putin to expand his droid army. Two unmanned tanks, one of which is designed as a kamikaze device, have been subjected to testing outside Moscow for almost a year. The tanks, called Nehreta, have undergone more rigorous testing in recent weeks and today it emerged they have performed better than the manned versions. The Russian'Nerehta' ground robot has aced its latest tests, it has been revealed. It can carry a 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine gun or an AG-30M grenade launcher.
A report by Human Rights Watch and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic calls for humans to remain in control over all weapons systems at a time of rapid technological advances. It says that requiring humans to remain in control of critical functions during combat, including the selection of targets, saves lives and ensures that fighters comply with international law. 'Machines have long served as instruments of war, but historically humans have directed how they are used,' said Bonnie Docherty, senior arms division researcher at Human Rights Watch, in a statement. 'Now there is a real threat that humans would relinquish their control and delegate life-and-death decisions to machines.' Some have argued in favour of robots on the battlefield, saying their use could save lives.
I.am, the tech startup founded by pop star and entrepreneur will.i.am, The company, founded in 2012, initially focused on consumer electronics devices such as headphones. The new artificial intelligence product, similar to Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, marks a sharp departure for the firm, which now employs about 300 people. Its most recent funding round, an $89 million investment by a group including Salesforce Ventures, closed in March but had not been previously announced. Will.i.am, who rose to prominence as a member of The Black Eyed Peas, said the corporate market offered the company an opportunity to quickly deploy and develop its assistant, called Omega.
The rise of artificial intelligence will likely lead the world to'difficult episodes' in the future, Google executive Ray Kurzweil warns – but, he says humanity will ultimately pull through. At the Council on Foreign Relations this past weekend, Kurzweil addressed the evolving existential risks posed by technology, noting that great power often opens the door for'abuses.' Progress in technology, however, will also allow humans to overcome some of the world's biggest challenges, according to the futurist, providing solutions for everything from poverty to environmental decline. The rise of artificial intelligence will likely lead the world to'difficult episodes' in the future, Google executive Ray Kurzweil warns – but, he says humanity will ultimately pull through. He also says it will help humans overcome suffering. The process began centuries ago with simple devices such as eyeglasses and ear trumpets that could dramatically improve human lives.
Her remains were mummified over 2,000 years ago, but a 3D scanning system has shed new light on the life of a five year old girl from Egypt. Scientists have used 3D scanning to create an exact digital copy of the mummy, revealing how it looks on the outside and inside. The scans revealed that the mummified remains belonged to a girl aged between 4.5 and six, who likely died from dysentery or meningitis. The mummified Egyptian child has been called Sherit, which is ancient Egyptian for'little one.' The mummy has been stored at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose since 1930, although little is known about where it came from.
In the hope of finding life on Mars during its 2020 mission, Nasa has revealed that its new rover will have 23 cameras. The cameras, which Nasa refers to as'eyes', will be used to create sweeping panoramas, reveal obstacles, study the atmosphere and assist science instruments during the mission. Nasa hopes its multi-eyed rover will also help to capture the first images of a parachute as it opens on another planet. In the hopes of findings life on Mars during its 2020 mission, Nasa has revealed that its new rover will have 23 cameras (artist's impression pictured) The Mars 2020 mission is part of Nasa's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Nasa hopes the mission will help to answer key questions about the potential for life on Mars.
More than a decade ago, Sony stunned the world with the release of Aibo, an artificially intelligent robot that behaved like a real dog. But the robo-dogs were discontinued in 2006 as part of a massive cost-cutting scheme from the Japanese technology giant. Now, Sony has revived Aibo, a robot that learns how to interact with its owner and is'capable of building loving relationships', according to Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai. The new version of the 30-centimetre (one foot) hound will launch in Japan in January but will not come cheap, priced at around £1,300 ($1,750). Sony has revived Aibo, a robot that learns how to interact with its owner and is'capable of building loving relationships', according to Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai.
If you raise an eyebrow at the many questionable Halloween costumes currently on the market, just be thankful your outfit wasn't designed by an AI. Colorado-based research scientist Janelle Shane has trained a neural network to invent costumes based a dataset set of more than 4,500 crowdsourced submissions, ranging from the classics to the countless'sexy' interpretations available today. In the experiment, Shane used a type of neural network that learns words without understanding their meaning – resulting in a hilarious assortment of made-up characters, from Aldonald the Goddess of the Chicken to Gandalf the Good Witch. Colorado-based research scientist Janelle Shane has trained a neural network to invent costumes based a dataset set of more than 4,500 crowdsourced submissions, resulting in a hilarious assortment of made-up characters. While some neural networks are able to learn the meaning of words, the AI used in Shane's recent experiment did not have such understanding.