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Canadian scientists develop plan to plant over a billion trees using drone swarms

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A group of scientists in Canada have announced a new initiative to use drones to plant new trees cheaply and quickly in part of an effort to fight against the negative effects of climate change and deforestation. Called Flash Forest, the team began testing its drone delivery systems in August, with a test flight that saw them successfully plant 100 trees with a drone. Those results were so encouraging they've expanded their goals to use their specially designed drone systems to plant a billion new trees by 2028. 'Every year the planet loses 13 billion trees and regains less than half of that,' the team's Bryce Jones said in a fundraising video announcing the project. 'We started Flash Forest with the goal of healing the planet's lungs and taking that job seriously.


Experimental drone uses AI to spot violence in crowds

Engadget

Drone-based surveillance still makes many people uncomfortable, but that isn't stopping research into more effective airborne watchdogs. Scientists have developed an experimental drone system that uses AI to detect violent actions in crowds. The team trained their machine learning algorithm to recognize a handful of typical violent motions (punching, kicking, shooting and stabbing) and flag them when they appear in a drone's camera view. The technology could theoretically detect a brawl that on-the-ground officers might miss, or pinpoint the source of a gunshot. As The Verge warned, the technology definitely isn't ready for real-world use.


Drones and the Age of Automation

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Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming a buzzword in the technology industry. There has been a phenomenal growth in recent years in industries adopting artificial intelligence and Machine learning to automate operations and manufacturing processes. There is a marked shift to the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the finance, automobile and healthcare industries which will pave the way to transform many other industries as well. Some of us may ask, what is Artificial Intelligence and why is it so important? Artificial Intelligence or AI is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.


MIT drone camera can move around to get the right angle

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Hollywood movies such as'Jurassic World' and'The Wolf of Wall Street' have used aerial track shots provided by drone helicopters with cameras. However, those shots require careful planning to avoid collisions, and separate operators for the drones and cameras. But MIT researchers have developed a camera-equipped, autonomous drone that can maintain a shot's framing - which figures or faces appear where - as people move, all while avoiding collisions. The drone allows, for example, a movie director to specify a shot's framing, and then while flying, it generates control signals for a camera-equipped autonomous drone, which preserve that framing as the actors move The new drone system will be presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation later this month. With the new drone system, users can specify how much of the screen a face or figure should occupy, what part of the screen it should occupy and what the camera's orientation towards the subject should be - straight on, profile, over the shoulder or other orientations.