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U.S. Tells Google Computers Can Qualify as Drivers

February 9th, 2016

Via: Reuters: U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), of its decision […]

Eagles Are Being Trained to Take Out Illegal Drones

February 1st, 2016

Via: Engadget: Forget anti-drone drones, one of nature’s most majestic hunters may soon play a valuable role in taking down dangerous UAVs. As part of a new trial, the Dutch National Police force has begun training eagles to intercept troublesome drones during an emergency, when another capture device might put people below at risk. In […]

New Technologies Give Government Ample Means to Track Suspects, Study Finds

February 1st, 2016

“The history of technology shows that what is invented for convenience can soon become a target of surveillance.” “The history of technology shows that what is invented for convenience can soon become a target of surveillance.” “The history of technology shows that what is invented for convenience can soon become a target of surveillance.” Via: […]

Project Skybender: Google Working on Solar Powered Drones for 5G Internet Access

January 31st, 2016

Via: Guardian: Google is testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America in New Mexico to explore ways to deliver high-speed internet from the air, the Guardian has learned. In a secretive project codenamed SkyBender, the technology giant built several prototype transceivers at the isolated spaceport last summer, and is testing them with multiple drones, according to […]

Lawyers, Doctors and Public Servants in Firing Line from Rise of the Machines

January 30th, 2016

Via: Canberra Times: Machines will end about 40 per cent of today’s Australian jobs within two decades and they’re coming for middle class occupations, one of the nation’s automatisation experts has warned. University of Sydney professor of data science and machine learning Hugh Durrant-Whyte said Canberra’s public servants would be among those in the firing […]

Israeli Drone Feeds Hacked By British and American Intelligence

January 29th, 2016

Via: The Intercept: AMERICAN AND BRITISH INTELLIGENCE secretly tapped into live video feeds from Israeli drones and fighter jets, monitoring military operations in Gaza, watching for a potential strike against Iran, and keeping tabs on the drone technology Israel exports around the world. Under a classified program code-named “Anarchist,” the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters, or […]

Google Achieves AI ‘Breakthrough’ by Beating Go Champion

January 27th, 2016

Via: BBC: A Google artificial intelligence program has beaten the European champion of the board game Go. The Chinese game is viewed as a much tougher challenge than chess for computers because there are many more ways a Go match can play out. The tech company’s DeepMind division said its software had beaten its human […]

Japan: Automated, Clean Room Agriculture

January 27th, 2016

Via: TechInsider: The Japanese lettuce production company Spread believes the farmers of the future will be robots. So much so that Spread is creating the world’s first farm manned entirely by robots. Instead of relying on human farmers, the indoor Vegetable Factory will employ robots that can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day. Don’t […]

Harvard Is Trying to Build an AI as Fast as the Human Brain

January 25th, 2016

Via: Wired UK: Harvard University has been awarded $28 million (£19m) to investigate why brains are so much better at learning and retaining information than artificial intelligence. The award, from the Intelligence Advanced Projects Activity (IARPA), could help make AI systems faster, smarter and more like human brains. While many computers have a comparable storage […]

IBM Watson Head Mike Rhodin On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

January 20th, 2016

Did you ever read, The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson? Do you remember Nell’s copy of the Primer? But to call it a book does not really do it justice — it is really a massively parallel computer in which each page can dynamically rearrange itself to tell a story. Check this out, from the […]

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