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Aug 18, 2015

FDA approved the first 3D-printed prescription drug

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, disruptive technology, drones, hacking

How 3D printing is changing the way we manufacture and produce is already a fact, step by step, in different areas, from aerospace to the medical areas.

How will this impact the established processes, the economy, the patient …

Is this the dawn of personalized medicine? patients will be able to print their own pills at home? Will 3D printing represent an enhancement to distribution processes?

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Aug 11, 2015

The proposed ban on offensive autonomous weapons is unrealistic and dangerous

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

AI-controlled armed, autonomous UAVs may take over when things start to happen faster than human thought in future wars. From Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (credit: Activision Publishing)

The open letter from the Future of Life Institute (FLI) calling for a “ban on offensive autonomous weapons” is as unrealistic as the broad relinquishment of nuclear weapons would have been at the height of the cold war.

A treaty or international agreement banning the development of artificially intelligent robotic drones for military use would not be effective. It would be impossible to completely stop nations from secretly working on these technologies out of fear that other nations and non-state entities are doing the same.

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Aug 10, 2015

Boeing just patented a drone that can fly forever

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This week, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Boeing for an autonomous drone that can be recharged without ever landing.

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Jul 27, 2015

AI and robotics researchers call for global ban on autonomous weapons

Posted by in categories: drones, Elon Musk, robotics/AI

More than 1,000 leading artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers and others, including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, just signed and published an open letter from the Future of Life Institute (FLI) today calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons.

FLI defines “autonomous weapons” as those that select and engage targets without human intervention, such as armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined criteria, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions.

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Jul 16, 2015

Here’s the Home-Made Gun-Toting Quadcopter Nightmares Are Made Of — Chris Mills Gizmodo

Posted by in categories: drones, weapons

I’m not normally of the school of thought that quadrotors should be terminated with a shotgun, but then again, I’ve never seen a DIY drone just casually flying around with a handgun. Until now. Read more

Jul 9, 2015

Switzerland begins postal delivery by drone

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Swiss postal service says tests will run until the end of July although the widespread use of drones is not likely to kick in for another five years.

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Jul 7, 2015

Switzerland Begins Trials of Expensive Postal Drones

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Postal drones tested in Switzerland

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Jun 21, 2015

Brain–Brain Interface Allows Humans To Control Cockroaches With Their Minds

Posted by in categories: drones, neuroscience

Organic drones? This has some very interesting implications.

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Jun 16, 2015

Drone 360

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A very positive use for video drones.

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May 25, 2015

DRONES: How Drones Could Help an Indigenous Community Fight Mining and Deforestation Emiko Jozuka | Motherboard

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“The local Wapichana monitoring team learned how to build a fix-winged drone from scratch. The team then mounted a GoPro onto the drone, which shot around 500 images of the Shulinab village along a pre-programmed flight path. Using Pix4Dmapper automatic imaging software, the team were then able to recreate a 3D model of their village from the images. The aim, explained MacLennan in a blog post, is to ‘create high-resolution up-to-date imagery at a fraction of the cost of satellite imagery.’” Read more