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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.


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AI Magazine

These methods and ideas are discussed here. LOLA's console and see an LOLA's hard drive had decided to crash Performing all computation on board has several advantages: The video data are not corrupted by radio-transmission noise, commands are not lost, and there's no communication lag that might result in These findings are consistent with those of previous competitors (Nourbakhsh, Powers, and Birchfield 1995). On the down side, the on-board image processor contributes significantly to the battery drain, which is partly the result of its intended desktop use. Still, we are able to get about two hours of operation to each charge. Nomadic Technologies is currently making efforts to offer a version that is better suited for mobile robot use. Figure 1.


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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.


Report on the AAAI 2010 Robot Exhibition

AI Magazine

In this article we give a summary of three components of the exhibition: the Small-Scale Manipulation Challenge: Robotic Chess; the Learning by Demonstration Challenge; and the Education Track. We also describe the participating teams, highlight the research questions they tackled, and briefly describe the systems they demonstrated. The program has a long tradition of demonstrating innovative research at the intersection of robotics and artificial intelligence. In both the workshop and exhibition portions of the event, we strive to have the robotics program be a venue that pushes the science of embodied AI forward. Over the past few years, a central point of the event has been the discussion of common robot platforms and software, with the primary goal of focusing the research community's energy toward common "challenge" tasks.


Fish Inspection System Using a Parallel Neural Network Chip and the Image Knowledge Builder Application

AI Magazine

Fleet owners are very interested in filling their boats as fast as possible with the fewest and most qualified personnel, thus reserving maximum occupancy for their refrigerated storage. During an expedition, which can last between one to two weeks, the fish processing machinery operates around the clock (figure 1). Typically, fishes are brought on the boat and dropped into metal pockets that convey them through cleaning, cutting, and filleting machines. Anomalies, which must be detected at the beginning of the chain, include a fish of the wrong species or a damaged fish. Such anomalies must be rejected immediately.


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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."


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AI Magazine

"British astronomers have just begun to operate RoboNet-1.0, It's a dream come true for the astronomers at Liverpool John Moores University who pioneered the development of a fully automated intelligent robotic network. They developed the network to allow astronomers to follow up unpredictable events or appearances of objects in the sky as rapidly as possible, something that isn't ordinarily possible with a single telescope at a fixed position.... ESTAR, a joint project of Liverpool John Moores University and Exeter University, developed intelligent autonomous software programs, known as agents, that will function as the brains of the network. Acting as'virtual astronomers,' the agents will collect and analyze data 24 hours a day, alerting their flesh-andblood counterparts only when they catch sight of something noteworthy." "A highly advanced system of video surveillance that Chicago officials plan to install by 2006 will make people here some of the most closely observed in the world.


Amazon unveils $250 AI camera and machine learning tools for businesses

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Amazon wants companies to take advantage of artificial intelligence -- and, more importantly, it wants to sell them the tools to do so. Today, the online retailer's business subsidiary, Amazon Web Services (AWS), unveiled a suite of new products to help with this goal. Chief among them is a $250 AI-powered camera called DeepLens; a new platform for developing and deploying machine learning algorithms named SageMaker; and services for AI-powered transcription and translation. With these and other tools, Amazon is making it clear that during the current AI boom, it wants to be the one getting rich shelling shovels. At the same time, these announcement show it butting heads with rival Google, which has been busy building its own AI enterprise stack.


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PCWorld

It's been a banner year for the smart home, with new players and new products flooding the market. It's never been easier or less expensive to convert an ordinary home into a technological wonderland. The biggest developments have come with the widespread adoption of voice control, with Amazon's Echo family way out in front in terms of new products and third-party support. But the Noon Lighting System, which shipped late in the year, is easily the most exciting smart home product we've seen to date. We reviewed a lot of great products this year--and we encountered a few dogs as well--but this list represents our picks for the best of the best.


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Unmanned surface vessels (USVs), which can patrol Singapore waters autonomously, have been on trial since late last year said the Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG). Two of the USVs - one measuring 9m long and the other 16m - were showcased to the media yesterday, in the open water off Marina Bay. Leveraging on technology, USVs are part of Singapore's "multi-layered" defence, which also includes sophisticated land-based CCTV cameras and sensors, to protect its maritime borders. Said Superintendent Lin Zhenqiang, head of operations and security at the Police Coast Guard: "These USVs are able to conduct autonomous patrols. And this will help us project police presence."