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Man Is Charged With Flying Drones to Bring Drugs From Mexico

U.S. News

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said in a recent annual report that drones are not often used to smuggle drugs from Mexico because they can only carry small loads, though it said they may become more common. In 2015, two people pleaded guilty to dropping 28 pounds (62 kilograms) of heroin from a drone in the border town of Calexico, California. That same year, Border Patrol agents in San Luis, Arizona, spotted a drone dropping bundles with 30 pounds (66 kilograms) of marijuana.


Drones will fly into the path of the eclipse to study weather

Popular Science

For the atmospheric scientist however, the eclipse provides a shining opportunity to directly study how the sun influences weather patterns by heating the atmosphere. To that end, a team of researchers from Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska is going to spend Monday tracking changes in the atmosphere in the path of the eclipse. And to get just how the eclipse changes the weather in the low sky, the team will fly drones during the totality. "There's an impact during what we call the diurnal cycle, the night-day boundary, the sun comes out, starts heating up the ground, and that's where a lot of our unstable weather phenomena starts to form," says Jamey Jacob, a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University.



Dog Drone promises to walk your dog using GPS

Daily Mail

Drones Direct say that they have modified a popular automated aerial vehicle to allow owners to take their pet for a stroll completely hands free. Drones Direct say that they have modified a popular automated aerial vehicle to allow owners to take their pet for a stroll completely hands free (artist's impression) Drones Direct say that the gadget will allow owners to text or sit on a park bench whilst keeping an eye on their pets on their daily walk. The Dog Drone, widely reported in the media, is based on a DJI Phantom 4 and also includes a retractable lead. The Dog Drone, widely reported in the media, is based on a DJI Phantom 4 (pictured) and also includes a retractable lead.


No one wants an arms race, but high-tech weapons are America's best shot at containing North Korea

Los Angeles Times

More advanced drones could potentially locate and destroy Pyongyang's nuclear arsenals, research facilities and missile sites. Computer viruses alone can't prevent North Korea from launching nuclear missiles, but they could degrade the Kim regime's ability to conduct research and development, test and control weapons and gather intelligence. United Nations officials, for example, attacked President Obama's drone campaign because it made it too easy to wage war. Developing and deploying more sophisticated robotic, cyber and space weaponry may amplify an arms race, but the key word is "amplify."


Ford self-driving cars might have a removable parts

Daily Mail

On August 10, Ford was granted a patent for a system that would make an autonomous car include removable driving equipment. 'The lack of a steering wheel can handicap development by making it more difficult to place under driver control,' the patent reads, adding driver control is important for vehicle development purposes. The University of Michigan opened the $6.5m, 32 acres Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars Ford was the first major car maker test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, M City includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights and obstacles Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, it includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers Vehicle passenger would be able to control the drone using the car's'infotainment,' or navigation system.


Trio in car nabbed after drone drops cellphone, drugs into Michigan prison yard

The Japan Times

IONIA, MICHIGAN – Michigan prison officials say three people have been arrested after trying to use a drone to smuggle a cellphone and drugs into a prison. Michigan Department of Corrections says two guards at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in the western Michigan city of Ionia heard the drone in the prison yard shortly before 4 a.m. Moments later, the drone dropped a package near a housing unit. The Corrections Department says that as officers responded to the scene, the drone dropped a second package.


Amazon patents bizarre accordion chute for delivery drones

Daily Mail

'When the aerial vehicle (drone) arrives at a delivery area, the shroud is extended from the underneath side of the aerial vehicle as the aerial vehicle descends,' the patent - which was filed on Tuesday - says. The patent states: 'A multi-level (ML) fulfillment center is designed to accommodate landing and takeoff of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), possibly in an urban setting, such as in a densely populated area.' 'By locating the fulfillment centers within the cities, items may be more quickly delivered to the growing population of people that live in the cities, as well as the large population of people who work in the cities.' It states: 'By locating the fulfillment centers within the cities, items may be more quickly delivered to the growing population of people that live in the cities, as well as the large population of people who work in the cities.'


How to Regulate Dangerous Artificial Intelligence – Intuition Machine – Medium

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Please, in your comments, avoid short cutting the discussion by asking why AI regulation is needed. Level 1 (Attended Process) -- Users are aware of the initiation and completion of the performance of each automated task. Level 5 (Fully Automated Process) -This is a final and future state where human involvement in the processes is not required. Level 6 (Self Optimizing Process) -This is an automation that requires no human involvement and is also capable of improving itself over time.


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FOX News

Looking to ever expand ways to deliver goods to its customers, Amazon has patented a way to allow its drones to deliver packages without ever having to land. The patent would not only provide a safe distance between the UAVs and the people receiving the packages, but also cut down on noise pollution, BizJournals noted. Bezos, now the world's third-richest man with an estimated fortune of $83.3 billion according to Forbes, first showed off Amazon's drone delivery unit in a Dec. 2013 interview on "60 Minutes." It recently filed patents for a beehive-like structure that would allow drones to pick up and drop off packages.