Drones Invasion Of Pop Culture: Fact or Fiction?

Forbes Europe

Maybe you've read the statistics on how many drones are filling our skies: The FAA anticipates 7 million by 2020. Perhaps you've heard about how drones are revolutionizing commercial operations. It's possible you know someone who has a drone of their own, or seen a quadcopter hovering over your local park. The reality is there's no shortage of drones filling our homes, stores, skies, and seas. It should come as no surprise that the technology is steadily making its way into our media.


AI Magazine

We have developed an autonomous robot system that takes well-composed photographs of people at social events, such as weddings and conference receptions. In this article, we outline the overall architecture of the system and describe how the various components interrelate. We also describe our experiences deploying the robot photographer at a number of real-world events. The system is capable of operating in unaltered environments and has been deployed at a number of real-world events. This article gives an overview of the entire robot photographer system, and provides details of the architecture underlying the implementation.


AI Magazine

"As if the debate over immigration and guest worker programs wasn't complicated enough, now a couple of robots are rolling into the middle of it. Vision Robotics, a San Diego company, is working on a pair of robots that would trundle through orchards plucking oranges, apples or other fruit from the trees. In a few years, troops of these machines could perform the tedious and labor-intensive task of fruit picking that currently employs thousands of migrant workers each season. The robotic work has been funded entirely by agricultural associations, and pushed forward by the uncertainty surrounding the migrant labor force. Farmers are'very, very nervous about the availability and cost of labor in the near future,' says Vision Robotics CEO Derek Morikawa."


FOX News

People used to dream about robot secretaries. Futurists imagined a world where computers obeyed our every command. When the Amazon Echo hit the market, that dream became a reality: Alexa was obedient, personable and all-knowing. She could carry out a myriad of basic tasks, with a personality as professional and unflappable as a human assistant. This year, Echo is more popular than ever, and despite competition from Google, Amazon still dominates 75 percent of the virtual assistant market.



Alex Karpenko hands me a camera and tells me to run. We're standing on a pier in San Francisco, and the device in Karpenko's hand is an unreleased prototype of a new, software-driven video camera called Rylo. Karpenko wants me to see what he and co-founder Chris Cunningham show recruits and investors when they ask why they should get involved. Karpenko says I don't have to worry about where to point the camera, or try to hold it still. So I grab the camera--a small, oblong 360-degree shooter with a lens on either side--and start running.

Cinematography on the fly

MIT News

But a team of researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and ETH Zurich hope to make drone cinematography more accessible, simple, and reliable. Then, on the fly, it generates control signals for a camera-equipped autonomous drone, which preserve that framing as the actors move. With our solution, if the subject turns 180 degrees, our drones are able to circle around and keep focus on the face. The researchers tested the system at CSAIL's motion-capture studio, using a quadrotor (four-propeller) drone.

Google Pixel Tips: Review How To Make The Most Out Of Your New Pixel XL Phone

International Business Times

Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL phones come with some pretty awesome features. Google's new smart Assistant, unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos and it has one of the highest rated smartphone cameras. Here's a guide on how to make the most out of your new Google Pixel phone. Google Assistant is one of the best features of the new Pixel phones. You can use it on Google's new messaging app Allo and on the Google Home speaker.

Winging it

BBC News

Lots of people will have unwrapped drones for Christmas, and a fair few will probably end up crashing them. So how can drones be flown safely? BBC reporter and nervous technophobe Caroline Lowbridge explains how she reluctantly learned to fly one. When my manager first told me he thought it would be a good idea for me to learn to fly a drone, I was perturbed. If I seemed reluctant, I was.

Meet John Knoll, the Creative Genius Who Brought Rogue One to Life


When he was a kid, Knoll built models--World War II fighters, spaceships, and vehicles of his own invention. One of Knoll's first gigs was for Greg Jein, who built the miniatures for Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. One of his first gigs was for Greg Jein, who built the miniatures for Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In front of Silicon Valley techies, Knoll cloned an onscreen Jennifer, then cloned her again.

Amazon's drone-delivery testing site is top secret as locals stopped from roaming

Daily Mail

The Cambridgeshire farm used to test Amazon's new delivery drones has become a heavily guarded site that's shrouded in paranoia and secrecy. A group of photographers visiting the testing ground has filmed the moment they were turned away from by security guards, who they say were equipped with ear pieces, binoculars and radios. One of the photographers described the confrontation as'hostile' and said that it was like'some kind of cult'. In the footage capturing the exchange last Thursday, one security guard, who was wearing a pair of binoculars around his neck, asked the photographers to leave while standing next to a private property sign. He refused to confirm or deny whether he was security or answer any questions.