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Xenobots -- When Robots Start Living

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Imagine if all the microplastics in the sea could be cleared and collected by biodegradable organisms, or if tiny programmable species could detect and destroy cancerous tumours. Both of these have been listed as possible applications for xenobots -- synthetic bio-bots created by a team of scientists at the University of Vermont. This combination of artificial intelligence and biology is revolutionary and has the potential to change what the science field looks like in the future.


FedEx uses autonomous trucks for first time on delivery route

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That truck driving down the interstate might not have a flesh-and-blood driver. On Wednesday FedEx announced its first autonomously-driven Class 8 truck delivery route ("Class 8 truck" is an industry term for what many Americans call a "semi-trailer truck"). Working with truck maker PACCAR and self-driving company Aurora, which is backed by Amazon, FedEx will start making deliveries in Texas using an autonomous semi. The route on Interstate 45 between Houston and Dallas is about 500 miles round trip, and expected to be busy as the holiday shopping season approaches. The test route will run multiple times each week starting Wednesday.


Ed Rollins: Why 2022 midterms could be a catastrophe for Biden

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Lara Logan joined Lt. Gen. William Boykin on'Fox News Primetime' to discuss the U.S. drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children. Logan said the U.S. betrayal of Afghan allies caused a scarcity in intelligence. The news cycle may have shifted away from Afghanistan, but not because the country is in a better place. To the contrary, the Afghanistan crisis is only getting worse. If anything, the shift in press coverage only exposes the pitfalls of media bias, with the liberal media doing everything in its power to change the subject and deflect blame from President Biden.


Federal agencies buying up Chinese drones previously deemed a national security threat: report

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Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy has the latest on the president's speech at the U.S. on'Special Report' Federal law enforcement agencies in the Biden administration are reportedly purchasing surveillance drones from China that have previously been labeled a potential national security threat by the Pentagon. The U.S. Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have recently acquired surveillance drones from the Shenzhen-based company DJI, around the same time the Defense Department deemed products from the Chinese company to be a potential national security threat, according to an Axios report. DOBRIANSKY AND RUNDE: CHINA'S POWER INSIDE THE UN IS GROWING RAPIDLY AND US MUST UP ITS GAME Procurement records show that the Secret Service bought eight DJI drones on July 26 just three days after the Defense Department issued a statement warning about possible threats posed by the company's products. Around the same time, records show that the FBI bought 19 drones from DJI. DJI is one of the most popular drone manufacturers in the industry, and the company requires those who purchase their products to download proprietary software and provide to users their own mapping databases that have the potential to be monitored remotely. Concerns about the company's products being used to advance China's interests have been longstanding and include a 2017 statement from the Department of Homeland Security that claimed with "moderate confidence" that DJI was "providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government."


New Test Leverages Machine Learning to Diagnose and Predict Sepsis

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Sepsis is a huge healthcare concern. "You take every single cancer and all the deaths due to every single cancer and you add them all up together. More people die from sepsis worldwide than that," said Bobby Reddy, Jr., CEO of Prenosis, in an interview with MD DI. And even if patients survive, they can have lifelong consequences. "Sepsis occurs when you have a very abnormal, unhealthy reaction to infection," Reddy said.


Tesla drivers become less attentive when using Autopilot, study finds

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Tesla's more advanced version of its standard Autopilot feature -- its "Full Self-Driving" software -- will very soon be available to more drivers. Previously only available to a select number, the FSD Beta v10.0.1 update will be possibly released on Sept. 24 if all goes to plan, so significantly more drivers could be using the software on public roads (depending on one's driving skills, according to CEO Elon Musk). People who have paid for FSD mode have been promised a button that enables said update. But the feature comes with some forewarning. A new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggests that Autopilot may lead to drivers becoming inattentive when administering the advanced driving system.


Top 10 Things A 'Self-Driving' Vehicle Must Do to Actually Be Self-Driving

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Argo tests in multiple cities to ensure its SDS is exposed to a wide range of driving regulations, enabling it to operate appropriately and consistently with local rules, which often vary from place to place. Consider, for example, how a vehicle should behave when turning right if there is a bike lane. In California, a car may occupy the bike lane to turn right on red, but in Pennsylvania, the same right turn requires the car to stay in the vehicle lane. Argo's powerful prediction system can incorporate a database of driving styles from which to match data, anticipate likely actions, make appropriate decisions, and avoid extreme situations in order to achieve "naturalistic driving." The SDS can even handle the (in)famous "Pittsburgh left," an unwritten rule in Argo's home city which calls for oncoming traffic to give up the right-of-way and politely let left-turning vehicles turn against a green.


3 Top Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Buy in September

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Many investors might think of sentient robots when tech pundits discuss the booming artificial intelligence (AI) market. However, intelligent robots only represent a tiny silver of a worldwide AI market that is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.6% from 2021 to 2026, according to Facts and Factors. A large portion of that market actually revolves around algorithms and software platforms that help companies make data-driven decisions, automate repetitive tasks, streamline their operations, and cut costs. Let's examine three top AI stocks that will benefit from the market's expansion. Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is the world's top producer of discrete GPUs.


Air Force IG to investigate Kabul drone strike that killed 7 children

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The Air Force on Tuesday said Lt. Gen. Sami Said will lead a review of the investigation into the Kabul Aug. 29 drone strike that was intended for ISIS-K militants but actually killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children. "The secretary of the Air Force has directed Lt. Gen. Sam Said, the Department of the Air Force inspector general, to investigate the facts and circumstances relating to the civilian casualty event on Aug. 29, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan," the Air Force said in a statement. The announcement comes one day after Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a senior-level review of the investigation that detailed the day's events. The investigation conducted by the U.S. Central Command found that the military mistakenly identified a white Toyota Corolla, believed to be carrying at least one Islamic State fighter, and instead was carrying a longtime Afghan employee at a U.S. humanitarian organization. The vehicle in question had been tracked for eight hours after initially being spotted in an Islamic State compound in Kabul.


5 real AI threats that make The Terminator look like Kindergarten Cop

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Every time an AI article finds its way to social media there's hundreds of people invoking the terrifying specter of "SKYNET." SKYNET is a fictional artificial general intelligence that's responsible for the creation of the killer robots from the Terminator film franchise. It was a scary vision of AI's future until deep learning came along and big tech decided to take off its metaphorical belt and really give us something to cry about. At least the people fighting the robots in The Terminator film franchises get to face a villain they can see and shoot at. And that makes it difficult to explain why, based on what's happening now, the real future might be even scarier than the one from those killer robot movies.