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The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Is Open

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This is a guest post by author William Hertling. The views expressed here are his own and do not reflect those of his employer, the IEEE, or IEEE Spectrum. At South by Southwest Interactive last month, I debated the future of artificial intelligence with my co-panelists. The roboticist on the panel argued that AI is an intellectually challenging field where the problems are difficult, and therefore can be solved only by highly intelligent people working on obscure mathematics and algorithms. The future, he argued, will look much like the past: a series of incremental, hard-won improvements in very narrow fields.


Storage In Consumer Electronics

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The 2017 CES show featured the latest in consumer products and services. The CES show featured Virtual and Augments Reality, 3D printing, Artificial intelligence with voice recognition and automated vehicles, high resolution and high dynamic range displays, health products, robots, toys and just about every other consumer product that you can think of. However one thing that all of these electronic devices have in common is their need for digital storage and memory. Seagate and DJI (the leading Chinese drone manufacturer) announced a strategic partnership to work jointly to solve the data demands of UAV users. As drone cameras gain resolution and drone flight times grow longer, DJI and Seagate are focusing their efforts to securely and efficiently store, manage, download and share the hundreds of gigabytes of data that can be generated from a single drone mission.


Metamaterial Radar Is Exactly What Delivery Drones Need

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Physically manipulating electromagnetic waves like this is new for radar, but we've seen metamaterials do similar things to create better communications systems and even a kind of invisibility cloak. "Radar is the right answer for any kind of long range, all-weather sensor," Echodyne co-founder and CEO Eben Frankenberg told us. Each phase shifter is capable of slightly changing the speed with which the radio wave passes through it, and by precisely adjusting when the wavefront exits each phase shifter across the grid, the radio beam can be steered very precisely. A traditional phased array does still offer some advantages, like higher power, longer range, and better beam control, but Frankenberg points out that "for the vast majority of all commercial applications, what we're doing is more than adequate."


Two brothers, one Christian, one Muslim, try to bridge their worlds in 'Bars and Measures'

Los Angeles Times

At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package.


Hammer Museum's 'Radical Women' to spotlight women united by struggle and overlooked by history

Los Angeles Times

DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package.


Light show in Sydney features 100 synchronized flying drones

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The skyline in Sydney has become the stage for an impressive drone show. As the city's rainy weather finally subsided, Intel kicked off its show with 100 illuminated drones taking to the sky above Sydney Harbour on Wednesday night. The display will take place across five nights as part of Sydney's Vivid Festival, with Sydney's Youth Orchestra performing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as the soundtrack. This isn't the first time such a performance has taken place. The inaugural Intel drone event, which broke a Guinness World Record for the most UAVs flying simultaneously, happened in Hamburg, Germany, in 2015.


Video Friday: Kicking a Robot, TV Drone Crash, and Supernumerary Lightsabers

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

This video shows the whole CoCoRo system working together: A base station, a "relay-chain" swarm and a search swarm on the ground.): This video demonstrates the skilled capability of a Baxter robot in 2D drawing and 3D light painting tasks. This talk on soft robot fabrication, by Matthew Borgatti, lead scientist at Super-Releaser, is entitled "My Robot Will Crush You With Its Soft Delicate Hands!" "In this talk Matthew Borgatti, Lead Scientist at Super-Releaser, will take you through the process of turning a puddle of goo into a working soft robot.