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Art in the sky: check out these spectacular drone displays - Airline Ratings

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The stunning aerial dance of UFO's that wowed audiences in Steven Speilberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind has become a reality thanks to the drone. The small aerial vehicles may be a potential threat in some circumstances but they can be beautiful in others. A spectacular aerial art form continues to evolve as operators use lighted drones and computer algorithms to create animations in the sky. Intel's 2018 light show in Sacramento used 1500 drones to put on this stunning display.


Gartner Top 10 Proven Technology Trends to Follow In 2020

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During the Gartner IT Symposium or Xpo, analysts in the technology sphere presented their findings. Now Gartner is highlighting the top strategic IT trends that companies will need to sample out in 2020. Gartner gives a definition of what a "strategic technology trend" is by saying that it's one that has substantial potential to disrupt the existing technologies and is now moving away from being called an emerging technology into joining the pool of the technologies that are said to have a broader impact as well as use. It's a technology that is rapidly growing and expected to reach its tipping points within the next few years owing to its high degree of volatility. As a blockchain development team, you need to be aware of these technologies and how they will impact the app development processes.


Towards Computing Inferences from English News Headlines

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Newspapers are a popular form of written discourse, read by many people, thanks to the novelty of the information provided by the news content in it. A headline is the most widely read part of any newspaper due to its ap - pearance in a bigger font and sometimes in colour print. In this paper, we sug - gest and implement a method for computing inferences from English news headlines, excluding the information from the context in which the headlines appear. This method attempts to generate the possible assumptions a reader formulates in mind upon reading a fresh headline. The generated inferences could be useful for assessing the impact of the news headline on readers includ - ing children. The understandability of the current state of social affairs depends greatly on the assimilation of the headlines. As the inferences that are indepen - dent of the context depend mainly on the syntax of the headline, dependency trees of headlines are used in this approach, to find the syntactical structure of the headlines and to compute inferences out of them.


Machine Beats Man

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You probably picture robots as clodhoppers: ponderous, clunky, even doddery droids that need caffeine, badly. But robots are on the brink of making giant strides. Just ask Columbia University engineering professor Hod Lipson, who writes in Nature that "young animals gallop across fields, climb trees, and immediately find their feet with grace after they fall"--and robots are set to follow suit. A new breed of speedy robots promises to eventually outdo the runners at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Notable cybernetic contenders include MIT's dominant Cheetah, Boston Dynamics' Petman and Handle, Michigan Robotics' MABEL, and--further afield in South Africa--the University of Cape Town's Baleka. Plus, that efficiency-geared Florida University powerhouse, the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), fields a smart, sensor-free biped plainly called Planar Elliptical Runner (PER).


A new generation of robots is racing to outpace Olympic sprinters and animals like Cheetahs

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A new generation of dexterous robots are making strides faster than ever before - literally. Advances in both mechanics and intelligent software designed after members of the animal kingdom - including humans - are pushing an increasing number of robotics companies closer to parity with the fastest members of their kind. As reported by Popular Mechanics, organizations like the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) have been plucking away at making a robot called the Planar Elliptical Runner (PER) - a bipedal bot that relies mostly on mechanics. A motor on PER drives the bots propulsion and moves its legs in an oval motion that help to balance weight and prevent it from tipping over. As The Verge notes, that locomotion is achieved without the use of sophisticated machine-vision that has found its way into other mobile robots.


Japan criticized for lack of foreign-language information during Typhoon Hagibis

The Japan Times

During a natural disaster, the difference between life and death can come down to the availability of information that's fast, accurate and in a language you understand. Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture on Saturday before making its way north toward the Tohoku region, bringing ferocious winds and record-breaking rain. Left in its wake were flooded cities, overflowing rivers and at least 25 fatalities. Through it all, phones were buzzing with news about evacuation advisories and updates on the trajectory of the typhoon, but mostly in Japanese. In the wake of Typhoon Hagibis, voices on Twitter and other social media services criticized the lack of information distributed in other languages.


Japan criticized for lack of foreign-language information during Typhoon Hagibis

The Japan Times

During a natural disaster, the difference between life and death can come down to the availability of information that's fast, accurate and in a language you understand. Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture on Saturday before making its way north toward the Tohoku region, bringing biting winds and record-breaking rain. Left in its wake were flooded cities, overflowing rivers and at least 19 people dead. Through it all, phones were buzzing with news about evacuation advisories and updates on the trajectory of the typhoon, but mostly in Japanese. In the wake of Typhoon Hagibis, voices on Twitter and other social media services criticized the lack of information distributed in other languages.


Toyota's LQ concept introduces you to an AI helpmate named Yui

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Around the same time, Toyota said it would put an evolution of the Concept-i to work as an escort vehicle at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The new LQ concept is that evolution, coming to the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The Concept-i housed an AI assistant called Yui, the software enlivened with Disney's 12 Principles of Animation that code behaviors to make fabricated things seem real. Toyota's assertion when debuting the Concept-i was, "We don't want to make a cold, technical, dry, soulless machine." The LQ expands the methods of interaction between Yui and occupants, the aim being to personalize the driving experience and "build an emotional bond between car and driver," the development philosophy being, "Learn, Grow, Love."


Computer-Assisted Judging Tested at Gymnastics World Championships

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Scanning and computer-assisted judging may safeguard against the pitfalls of human judging. On the eve of the 2019 gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, the 527 participating athletes were asked to consent to a scan by multiple laser sensors to create a precise, three-dimensional image of their bodies. Those images, in turn, are being used to improve the accuracy of a so-called "judging support system," developed by Japanese IT giant Fujitsu, that's being used for the first time in the competition. The expectation, pending approval by the International Olympic Committee, is that the technology -- in which artificial intelligence helps human judges score gymnastics routines -- will be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And it may presage the day when computers replace human judges entirely in the largely subjective sport, although that is not the plan "for now," officials said.


Atos Unveils North American Google Cloud Artificial Intelligence Lab

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"Atos has developed a differentiated experience with its North American AI Lab to provide customers tangible results which they can use to kick-start their AI strategy and take into the field immediately," said Peter Cutts, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Atos North America. "Customers are looking for industry-specific solutions for their business needs, not a cookie cutter approach. The Atos AI Lab approach empathizes with end users' needs and engages multiple stakeholders to deliver real-world code, datasets and solutions that are repeatable and globally scalable." The Atos AI Lab is a state-of-the-art facility that combines a digital experience with design thinking methodology to allow participants to problem solve and create in a format that works best for them. The Atos AI Lab offers an Incubation workshop that aims to create a use-case ready to deploy at the end of two days, meaning customers can start driving business results quickly.