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Apr 10, 2017

Artificial intelligence and drones ‘future of policing’

Posted by in categories: drones, employment, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence and drones will be key policing tools in the future amid budget and job cuts, Gwent Police’s chief constable has said.

Jeff Farrar said he foresees every police vehicle carrying a drone in the years to come and for more computers to do jobs “that do not involve emotion”.

Gwent has had £50m of funding cuts and still needs to make £9m of savings. It has also lost 300 officers since 2011.

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Apr 10, 2017

What AI will look like in 2027. Hint: It’s all in your head

Posted by in categories: drones, food, robotics/AI

Pause for a second and look outside your window at a bird, a squirrel, or even an insect. These organisms all perform complex tasks that involve perceiving food and threats, navigating around trees, and following or hiding from other animals. There is not a robot or a drone on the planet that can do what these bugs and small animals can easily do.

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Apr 9, 2017

Innovation in the Bay Area: Q&A with Nidhi Kalra

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, drones, education, life extension, policy, robotics/AI, satellites

For people in that area, and it may be worth while to try reaching out to them for funding for anti aging stuff.


Why is RAND opening a Bay Area office?

The San Francisco Bay Area is really at the center of technology and transformation. That’s also been a focus at RAND since our very first report, Preliminary Design of an Experimental World-Circling Spaceship, in 1946, which foretold the creation of satellites more than a decade before Sputnik.

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Apr 7, 2017

Amazon’s delivery drone tests reportedly involve a ‘simulated dog’

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Amazon is using a “simulated dog” to test its delivery drones, according to IBTimes.

The e-commerce giant wants to use drones to deliver parcels to customers in less than 30 minutes but it clearly has some concerns about how dogs might interfere.

At least one simulated dog is being used to “help Amazon see how UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] would respond to a canine trying to protect its territory,” according to IBTimes.

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Apr 4, 2017

Hypersonic Attack Drones by 2040? Is China In Front of the US in Developing Hypersonic Weapons?

Posted by in categories: drones, energy, neuroscience, surveillance

The US wants to stay in front of China with hypersonic weapons able to travel at five-times the speed of sound and destroy targets with a “kinetic energy” warhead.

Air Force weapons developers expect to operate hypersonic intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance drones by the 2040s, once scientific progress with autonomy and propulsion technology matures to a new level.

The advent of using a recoverable drone platform able to travel at high altitudes, faster than Mach 5, will follow the emergence of hypersonic weapons likely to be operational in the mid-2020s, according to the Air Force Chief Scientist Geoffrey Zacharias.

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Apr 2, 2017

Soon you’ll be able to go to work in a flying taxi

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Late for work? Imagine skipping the subway and instead heading to your local “vertiport,” where you can hop into an aircraft the size of an SUV that runs on electricity and works pretty much like an elevator.

Get in, punch in your destination, and off you go. Alone.

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Mar 31, 2017

SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful launch and landing of a used rocket

Posted by in categories: drones, Elon Musk, satellites

After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this evening, sending a communications satellite into orbit, and then landed on one of SpaceX’s drone ships floating in the Atlantic Ocean. It was round two for this particular rocket, which already launched and landed during a mission in April of last year. But the Falcon 9’s relaunch marks the first time an orbital rocket has launched to space for a second time.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appeared on the company’s live stream shortly after the landing and spoke about the accomplishment. “It means you can fly and refly an orbital class booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket. This is going to be, ultimately, a huge revolution in spaceflight,” he said.

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Mar 28, 2017

NATO to spend 3 billion euros on satellite, cyber defenses

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, drones, military, robotics/AI, space

BRUSSELS NATO plans to spend 3 billion euros ($3.24 billion) to upgrade its satellite and computer technology over the next three years as the Western military alliance adapts to new threats, a senior official said.

Seeking to deter hackers, and other threats including Iranian missiles, the investments underscore NATO’s recognition that conflicts are increasingly fought on computer networks as well as in the air, on land and at sea.

A senior official at the NATO Communications and Information Agency said the plans include a 1.7-billion-euro investment in satellite communications to better support troops and ships deployed across the alliance, as well as aiding the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones.

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Mar 28, 2017

A Startup’s Plan To Cut Air Freight Costs In Half With 777-Size Drones

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

In 2020, Natilus’s huge unmanned planes could carry 200,000 pounds of goods across the world. But first, a 30-foot prototype must pass test runs.

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Mar 28, 2017

Automated Industrial Drones

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

To address the unique needs of the world’s most complex industrial environments,

Airobotics has developed a platform that is fully automated, industrial grade, on-demand and multi-purpose.

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