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Robots could be used on farms by 2020

Daily Mail

Farmers could soon be given a helping hand to harvest their vegetables - in the form of robots. Scientists are developing farm robots that don't harvest crops until they are perfect, eradicating wonky and inedible vegetable. And it may not be long before we see the robots hitting fields, with experts predicting they could be used as early as 2020. Scientists are developing farm robots that don't harvest crops until they are perfect, which could be used as early as 2020 Engineers are working on machines that can autonomously plant seeds, weed, water and spray without a farmer. The robots can also be programmed to only pick crops where they are perfectly ripe.


The physics keeping Star Wars' Cloud City afloat

Popular Science

Star Wars provides us with a perfect example of a science fiction floating city: Cloud City. Cloud City has an atypical backstory. Floating above the surface of the planet Bespin, the city was specifically designed to harvest tibanna gas rather than to house a displaced population. Tibanna gas is used in all kinds of technology in the Star Wars galaxy, including, but not limited to, blasters and repulsorlifts. Being one of the few sources of the gas, Cloud City enjoys financial success from its mining operations.


Microsoft offers AI tools to help researchers protect the oceans

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The most promising concepts, which use AI to push the boundaries of their research, are granted AI and cloud computing resources on Microsoft's Azure platform. Microsoft said it's already awarded $235,000 in Azure computing resources to 20 successful AI for Earth applicants worldwide. "We are excited about our new AI for Earth grantees and our new EU Oceans Award, and look forward to expanding the success of the many projects we are supporting to better understand and manage Earth's many ecosystems, both on land and in the water." Microsoft will provide the accepted proposal with access to Azure services for IoT, data analytics and machine learning, enabling deeper research into the world's ocean environments.


AI for Earth and Our Oceans - Microsoft Green Blog

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We are also announcing, today, a new AI for Earth EU Oceans Award, which is an extension of our grants program to a particularly important topic area – our oceans. John Frank, Microsoft's Vice President of European Union Government Affairs, is attending that conference and announced the new AI for Earth EU Oceans Award, dedicated to providing Azure compute resources and AI tools to European-based research organizations that work on ocean-related challenges. That system helped local oyster farmers at Taylor Shellfish improve their shellfish harvests by carefully monitoring ocean chemistry to prevent the sudden loss of "seed" crops that's caused by ocean acidification. We are excited about our new AI for Earth grantees and our new EU Oceans Award, and look forward to expanding the success of the many projects we are supporting to better understand and manage Earth's many ecosystems, both on land and in the water.


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During the Hands Free Hectare project, no human set foot on the field between planting and harvest--everything was done by robots. To make these decisions, robot scouts (including drones and ground robots) surveyed the field from time to time, sending back measurements and bringing back samples for humans to have a look at from the comfort of someplace warm and dry and clean. With fully autonomous farm vehicles, you can use a bunch of smaller ones much more effectively than a few larger ones, which is what the trend has been toward if you need a human sitting in the driver's seat. Robots are only going to get more affordable and efficient at this sort of thing, and our guess is that it won't be long before fully autonomous farming passes conventional farming methods in both overall output and sustainability.


Shropshire farm completes harvest with nothing but robots

Engadget

Many aspects of farming have now been automated, but rarely is the entire process -- planting, tending, monitoring and harvesting -- completed without someone stepping foot inside the field. The'Hands-Free Hectare' project was set up last October by a team from Harper Adams University. It seems inevitable that automation will play a great role in farming's future. That's not to say there won't be a role for human farmers -- someone needs to monitor the robots and make sure they're working properly.


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The new service dubbed Amazon Macie relies on Machine Learning to automatically discover, classify, and protect sensitive data stored in AWS. This service reports potential risks involved with the stored data, its permissions, and access patterns. Chris Vickery, a cyber risk security analyst from UpGuard, discovered several passwords and keys belonging to Booz Allen employees working on the NGA project in publicly accessible Amazon S3 Buckets. Though Amazon S3 is the only data source supported by Macie, AWS is expected to bring other services such as Amazon RedShift, Amazon RDS, Amazon Elastic File System into the fold.


Amazon Web Services taps machine learning to tackle security with Macie

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A brand new service, Macie was the name of harvest.ai's It allows customers of Amazon Web Services' S3 storage product to track sensitive customer data or intellectual property across their cloud footprint and set up alerts to track behavior, such as if a large amount of that sensitive data is downloaded. They need to generate reports on how data is stored, where data is stored, and who has access to that data at any given time, and that process is more challenging and laborious than it might appear considering the massive amounts of data under management by some of these companies. Macie automates the process of identifying and labeling that data using machine-learning techniques to do what machine learning techniques do best: take the human as much out of the equation as possible. AWS said companies can also use Macie to generate dashboards and alerts customized around their needs, and automate security responses based on certain data events.


Hands-free farming using autonomous tractors and drones

Daily Mail

Researchers have pioneered an autonomous tractor which can be steered by a farmer from a control room to carry out the drilling, seeding and spraying of the land. Researchers have pioneered an autonomous tractor which can be steered by a farmer from a control room to carry out the drilling, seeding and spraying of the land. Drilling of the spring crop of barley has already taken place on the land and over the coming months the crop will be cultivated before harvest in August and September. Drilling of the spring crop of barley has already taken place on the land and over the coming months the crop will be cultivated before harvest in August and September.


Machine can 3D print an entire house in 14 hours

Daily Mail

The team has designed an autonomous robot capable of 3D printing the basic structure of an entire building. Equipped with a precision-motion robotic arm and powered by solar panels, the machine sprays an insulation foam mold on the ground and then fills it with concrete – it completed the walls of a 50-foot-diameter, 12-foot-high dome in 14 hours. MIT has designed an autonomous robot capable of 3D printing the basic structure of an entire building. To demonstrate the technology, the team constructed the walls of a 50-foot-diameter, 12-foot-high dome in 14 hours of'printing' time The system is capable of creating other complex shapes and overhangs - the team added a built-in bench to the proof of concept to show off the robot's skills.