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Trump Shouldn't Plan to Tweet From a 6G Phone Anytime Soon

WIRED

It's been a big week for 5G, the next generation of wireless networks. Samsung announced its first 5G capable phone, the S10, on Wednesday. Qualcomm announced a new 5G modem on Tuesday. But President Trump is aiming higher. "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible," Trump wrote in a tweet urging carriers to pick up their pace.


Exoskeletons Today

Communications of the ACM

The EksoVest supports the wearer's arms during lifting. Millions of people Suffer from the effects of spinal cord injuries and strokes that have left them paralyzed. Millions more suffer from back pain, which makes movement painful. Exoskeletons are helping the paralyzed to walk again, enabling soldiers to carry heavy loads, and workers to lift heavy objects with greater ease. An exoskeleton is a mechanical device or soft material worn by a patient/operator, whose structure mirrors the skeletal structure of the operator's limbs (joints, muscles, etc.).


Review: Low-budget 'My Stretch of Texas Ground' takes the high road on terror at the border

Los Angeles Times

Given that some outrage-stirring politicians have begun recounting details from action movies like "Sicario" as though they were hard facts, certain viewers may bristle at the very idea of the low-budget thriller "My Stretch of Texas Ground," which imagines a scenario where a terrorist cell sneaks an assassin across the Mexican border to take out a U.S. senator. But director Erich Kemp and screenwriter Ralph Cinque are surprisingly even-handed in their depiction of international crime and its consequences. By opening with multiple discussions of drone attacks and "enhanced interrogation," "My Stretch of Texas Ground" creates a context for its central stand-off, between a shrewd killer, Abdul (Junes Zahdi), and a wise small-town sheriff, Joe Haladin (Jeff Weber). If anything, the film's main problem is that it feels more like a debate than a cop picture, with too much of its leisurely running time set aside for airing different points of view, and too little for shootouts and chases. The other big stumbling block is that the production often borders on the amateurish, with weak acting, flat lighting and poor sound.


The Soundtrack to Space Exploration

Slate

After 15 years of diligently exploring the surface of Mars, the Opportunity rover finally succumbed to the elements and went offline Feb. 13. As obituaries and tributes to "Oppy" surfaced, fans caught a glimpse into the robot's final moments: the last picture it sent, its last words, the last-ditch attempts to revive it. Scientists wept as they said their final farewells. As employees swayed and embraced, mission control sent one final transmission to Oppy: Billie Holiday's 1944 recording of "I'll Be Seeing You." The muted, intimate timbre of Holiday's voice helped millions say goodbye to "the little robot who could": I'll find you in the morning sun, I'll be looking at the moon, But I'll be seeing you.


'5G, even 6G': What is Trump talking about in angry tweet about foreign companies – and is the technology he wants even possible in America?

The Independent

Next-generation 5G technology is only just making its way to market after a decade of development, but Donald Trump is already demanding the rollout of 6G in the United States. The US President did not elaborate on what 6G might involve, with even his understanding of 5G appearing basic in a series of tweets on Thursday. He described it as "far more powerful, faster and smarter" than current 4G technology, while also revealing his concerns that the US is lagging behind in the deployment of 5G. "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible... American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind," Trump tweeted. His comments come just days after the founder of Chinese technology giant Huawei – who are widely regarded as one of the pioneers of 5G – said the US risks falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to 5G rollout.


A 'Smart Wall' Could Spark a New Kind of Border Crisis

WIRED

After years of promises about a physical wall stretching along the United States-Mexico border, president Donald Trump declared a state of emergency last week in an attempt to secure wall funding in spite of Congressional opposition. But physical barriers alone have always been both ineffective and expensive. And the constant debate around that singular aspect has distracted from a much more pressing issue: how the US can expand its use of technology for screening and enforcement at the border without overstepping already strained privacy rights. Border security technologies, like surveillance drones and biometric identity schemes, received funding in Congress's most recent spending bill as an alternative to Trump's physical wall. But privacy advocates have long argued that a "smart wall," often called a "smart fence," can pose real threats to human rights not just at checkpoints and processing facilities, but for anyone within the 100-mile-wide "border zone" in which US Customs and Border Protection has jurisdiction.


FAA Updates Drone Rules for Everyone

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is still working to figure out the best way of making sure that people fly their drones safely and legally. It's very much a work in progress, and has been for years. At this point, anyone who wants to fly a drone weighing more than 250 grams (even just for fun in the backyard) must register that drone and follow some generally common sense rules and regulations. The FAA, to their credit, has been keeping track of how this has all been going, and late last week they announced a few important updates. The new change that will affect everyone is that all drones are now required to display registration information externally.


NASA is close to finalizing its drone traffic control system for cities

Engadget

NASA is ready to put its drone traffic management system to the ultimate test and has chosen Nevada and Texas as its final testing sites. The agency, together with the FAA, has been developing an Unmanned aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) system over the past four years in an effort to figure out how to safely fly drones in an urban environment. Now that the project is in its last phase, it has teamed up with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems in Las Vegas and the Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation in Corpus Christi, Texas to conduct a final series of technical demonstrations. NASA and the FAA are planning to demo a big list of technologies, including their interface with vehicle-integrated detect-and-avoid capabilities, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and collision avoidance, as well as automated safe landing technologies. All those will help NASA understand the challenges of flying in an urban environment and conjure up ideas for future rules and policies.


US Military Releases Its Artificial Intelligence Strategy

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The American military wants to expand its use of artificial intelligence, or AI, for war. But it says the technology will be deployed in respect to the nation's values. The United States Defense Department released its first AI strategy this week. The strategy calls for increasing the use of AI systems throughout the military, from decision-making to predicting problems in planes or ships. It urges the military to provide AI training to change "its culture, skills and approaches."


New rule: FAA requires all drones to externally display registration numbers as of February 25

ZDNet

Instead of putting the registration number inside the battery compartment as this video shows, it must now be on the outside of the aircraft. A little over a year ago, we reported on the FAA's new regulations for hobbyist drone operators. Hobbyists (folks flying drones non-commercially) were required to register with the FCC and place the issued registration number somewhere on the aircraft. AR "license plates" for drones let bystanders ID pesky pilots In the accompanying video, I explained how to get a registration number, and then I showed making a label and placing that number inside the battery compartment of my DJI Mavic drone. As of Feb. 25, those instructions are no longer valid.