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Tanzania Gears Up To Become A Nation Of Medical Drones

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Zipline has hired locals to operate its drones and run the distribution centers, which stock blood products and medical supplies. Yet "two-way services are what's actually needed for clinical care," says Amukele, who heads clinical pathology labs at Johns Hopkins' Bayview Medical Center. Delivering emergency supplies and picking up diagnostic test samples require aircraft with different capabilities, says Jeff Street, a drone engineer and pilot. Street and Amukele have shown that unmanned aircraft can safely ship a range of clinical specimens and recently set a new distance record for medical drone transport -- a three-hour flight carrying human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert.


Walmart, Google Join Forces In Online Fight Against Amazon

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A Google Home smart speaker (left) is shown with the Google pixel phone following a product event in San Francisco. A Google Home smart speaker (left) is shown with the Google pixel phone following a product event in San Francisco. Starting next month, Walmart customers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of products from the company's shelves -- everything from dish washing soap to dining tables -- via the online retailing service Google Express. That's why it makes sense for us to team up with Google," Marc Lore, the president and CEO of Walmart U.S. eCommerce, writes in a blog post today.


Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?

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In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's newest products, in Hawthorne, Calif. In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's newest products, in Hawthorne, Calif. One of Tesla CEO Elon Musk's companies, the nonprofit start-up OpenAI, manufactures a device that last week was victorious in defeating some of the world's top gamers in an international video game (e-sport) tournament with a multi-million-dollar pot of prize money. It was not long before philosopher Hilary Putnam would hypothesize the mind is a Turing Machine (and a Turning Machine just is, for all intents and purposes, what we call a computer today). And if we are, then what are we going to do if some clever young person some where -- maybe a young lady in North Korea -- writes a program to turn things off?


Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?

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In 2006, only about 10 percent of computer science majors at Harvey Mudd College were women. Student Erin Paeng works on human-robot trust in Harvey Mudd College's Human Experience and Agent Teamwork lab. Student Erin Paeng works on human-robot trust in Harvey Mudd College's Human Experience and Agent Teamwork lab. Today, instead of 7 percent, over 40 percent of the computer science majors at Carnegie Mellon are women.


Facebook Watch Is Company's New Plan For Online Video

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The new Watch platform is Facebook's big to organize online video into marketable shows. The new Watch platform is Facebook's big to organize online video into marketable shows. Disclosure: Facebook pays NPR and other leading news organizations to produce live video streams that run on the site. Rather than being organized by place or profile pages on Facebook, the new content on Watch would be created under a show page -- a move that could unite the processes of watching and commenting on TV and other video.


Apple Has Good Sales News For Wall Street

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A spectator at Wimbledon last month uses an iPad to take pictures of the action. Improved sales of the tablets were part of the good news out of Apple's quarterly report. Improved sales of the tablets were part of the good news out of Apple's quarterly report. The company did well in services such as cloud storage, the app store and streaming music.


Oh, Snap! Scientists Are Turning People's Food Photos Into Recipes

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The growth of the Internet has supported the ability to collect and publish several large-scale datasets, allowing for great advances in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), says Javier Marin, a postdoctoral research associate at CSAIL and co-author of a paper published this July at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in Honolulu. "There was a clear need to better understand people's eating habits and dietary preferences." The AI network, called Recipe 1M, chews on all of that for a while, learning patterns and connections between the ingredients in the recipes and the photos of food. "For things like ramen and potato chips, people generally don't post recipes for things that come out of a bag."


Bikes May Have To Talk To Self-Driving Cars For Safety's Sake

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Anthony Rowe, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wants bikes to feed information to nearby cars to avoid collisions. Anthony Rowe, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, wants bikes to feed information to nearby cars to avoid collisions. In Pittsburgh, where Uber is testing self-driving cars, each autonomous vehicle has two employees in the front seat; one is ready to grab the wheel and apply a foot to the brake pedal, the other in the passenger seat, has a computer screen showing what the car's rooftop laser-bouncing radar is seeing. In Pittsburgh, where Uber is testing self-driving cars, each autonomous vehicle has two employees in the front seat; one is ready to grab the wheel and apply a foot to the brake pedal, the other in the passenger seat, has a computer screen showing what the car's rooftop laser-bouncing radar is seeing.


I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

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A Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in Boston on May 22, 2017. A Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in Boston on May 22, 2017. Some of the best minds of our times, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, have warned that human beings may invent intelligent machines that could wind up destroying humankind. A Knightscope K5 security robot that patrolled an office complex along the Georgetown waterfront in Washington, D.C. rolled itself into a shallow fountain on Monday -- and drowned.


Congress Struggles To Keep Up With Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

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Cars that drive themselves are a thing of the not-so-distant future. But Congress is having a hard time keeping up regulations to go with the technological change.