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DJI launches drone identification and monitoring system AeroScope

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AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information such as registration and serial number, as well as other information pertaining to flight safety and functionality including location, altitude, speed, and direction, DJI said in an announcement on Thursday. Additionally, DJI insisted that "most" drone flights will not be automatically recorded in government databases, as the system relies on drones broadcasting information directly to local receivers. "This system is consistent with DJI's problem-solving approach to drone regulation, which aims to strike a reasonable balance between authorities' need to identify drones that raise concerns and drone pilots' right to fly without pervasive surveillance," the company said in its announcement. The company said at the time that its flight control apps routinely communicate over the internet to ensure a drone has up-to-date local maps and geofencing data, correct radio frequency and power requirements, and other information deemed relevant to flight safety and functionality.


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WASHINGTON – Federal investigators have opened their first probe of a midair collision between a civilian drone and a traditional aircraft. An Army UH-60 helicopter was flying east of Staten Island on Sept. 21 when it collided with a small, consumer Phantom 4 drone, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a press release Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration, which is assisting the investigation, has logged more than 1,000 reports of drone safety incidents, including cases of the devices flying close to jetliners. DJI is assisting the NTSB investigation, the company said in an emailed statement.


SparkCognition and British Army Collaborate to Advance Artificial Intelligence Applications for Defense

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Ranked #20 on the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50 list, SparkCognition has established itself as an AI technology leader. SparkCognition is a leader in the field of artificial intelligence and this collaboration will help ensure that the British Army continues to stay at the cutting edge of evolving technologies." The Defense and Military teams of SparkCognition recently gained new leadership with Wendy R. Anderson joining as General Manager of Defense. About SparkCognition SparkCognition is a global leader in cognitive computing analytics.


Tesla eyes hurricane-ravaged Caribbean, could shape power grids

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Tesla Motors announced its bid to buy SolarCity, a solar power company where Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also the top shareholder. A preliminary investigation has begun for a fatal car crash involving a Tesla Model S.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric model sedan had Autopilot mode engaged when a driver was killed. Tesla shares are lower in Wednesday's trading session after the company's shareholder meeting revealed that not every Tesla car owner will have free access to the company's Superchargers. Shares of Tesla are moving lower in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the electric car maker said it would sell more stock to raise money to ramp up production of the Model 3.


Despite New FAA Drone Restrictions, Proper Legislation Needed Urgently

International Business Times

The Federal Aviation Authority passed an order restricting the unauthorized use of drones over the Statue of Liberty and other such landmarks, adding to the existing list of no-fly zones for drones in the United States. "At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – "Special Security Instructions" – to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 10 Department of the Interior (DOI) sites, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore," FAA said in its press release Thursday. To ensure the general public is aware of these restrictions, FAA has issued an interactive online map that is available on both its website and its B4UFLY app. The legislation, if passed, would not only regulate but even help make the usage of drones more efficient since users will be clear on how they can use the drones more effectively, and manufacturers would be able to regulate and impose restrictions such as geo-fencing at their end.


Press Release

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Participating in the ceremony were (in speaking order) Young Min You, Minister of Science and ICT, Republic of Korea; Byung-soo Suh, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City; Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General; Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia; Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General, Telecom Sector, Telecommunciations Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates; Rudiantara, Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Indonesia; Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, South Africa; István Mikola, Minister of State for Security and International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary; and Edwin Estrada Hernández,Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, Costa Rica. Said Abdulaziz Bin Salem Al Ruwais, CITC Governor and sponsor of the opening ceremony, spoke on the smart digital transformation currently underway in the ICT sector, and the importance of digital technology going forward. Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy Director General, Telecom Sector, TRA and opening ceremony sponsor spoke on our rapid digital transformation, and how it is a key priority for UAE. Technologies on display include artificial intelligence, virtual reality, smart health, smart finance, IoT, radio frequency spectrum solutions, spectrum management, smart city technologies and more.


September 22, 2017 Press Release – Québec and Ontario Working Together to Fuel Innovation and Growth

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Québec and Ontario held their seventh joint meeting of cabinet ministers in Québec City today, building on a long history of productive partnership between them. Building on existing investments, the agreement will boost the provinces' competitive advantage in the field of AI by expanding opportunities for collaboration in research, talent attraction, skills development and business growth. Previous joint meetings between Ontario and Québec have led to advances on common goals of growing the economy, attracting businesses and investments, and protecting our shared environment. Through their joint meetings of cabinet members and work year-round, Québec and Ontario have strengthened their long-standing relationship, creating opportunities and greater prosperity within the provinces -- and across Canada.


Quantum-Veritone Artificial Intelligence Solution Wins IBC2017 NewBay Best of Show Award

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Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, 1) benefits and value to customers from aiWARE for Xcellis solutions and 2) customer demand for and Quantum's future revenue from such solutions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Quantum's actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statement, including unexpected changes in the Company's business. More detailed information about these risk factors, and additional risk factors, are set forth in Quantum's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Risk Factors," in Quantum's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 9, 2017. Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.


Intel Completes Tender Offer for Mobileye Intel Newsroom

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., and JERUSALEM, Aug. 8, 2017 -- Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) and Mobileye N.V. (NYSE: MBLY) today announced the completion of Intel's tender offer for outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye, a global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. Mobileye will support and build on both companies' existing technology and customer relationships with automakers, tier‑1 suppliers and semiconductor partners to develop advanced driving assist, highly autonomous and fully autonomous driving programs. Based on information provided by the American Stock Transfer & Trust Co., LLC, the depositary for the tender offer, a total of 187,882,291 Mobileye ordinary shares (excluding Mobileye ordinary shares tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures), representing approximately 84 percent of the outstanding Mobileye ordinary shares, had been validly tendered and had not been validly withdrawn as of the expiration of the initial offering period (excluding 26,424,016 ordinary shares, representing approximately 12 percent of the aggregate number of ordinary shares outstanding, tendered pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures that have not yet been delivered in settlement or satisfaction of such guarantee). Information about Intel can be found at newsroom.Intel.com Mobileye N.V. is the global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization and mapping for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and autonomous driving.


Mastercard Enhances Artificial Intelligence Capability with the Acquisition of Brighterion, Inc.

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This acquisition will further expand its suite of capabilities that deliver an enhanced customer experience and security. This advanced technology delivers greater insights from every transaction to assist in making even more accurate fraud decisions. Brighterion's unique Smart Agent technology will be added to Mastercard's advanced suite of security products already using artificial intelligence. For additional information on other factors related to Mastercard's overall business that could cause Mastercard's actual results to differ materially from expected results, please see the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and any subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.