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Tesla Model S Gains Autopilot

October 10th, 2014

Via: cNet: …Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced at an event in Los Angeles that every car manufactured over the last two weeks comes with new sensor hardware to enable what he calls Autopilot capabilities. … The Autopilot hardware includes forward-looking radar and camera, combined with all-around long-range ultrasonic sensors. A software update being sent […]

Rolls-Royce to Add ‘Robotic’ Chauffeur

October 7th, 2014

Via: Drive: Rolls-Royce is set to join the race to delete the driver – and the chauffeur too. The iconic British luxury car maker is looking to its parent company, BMW, to adopt autonomous driving technologies before the end of the decade.

Gartner: One in Three Jobs Will be Taken by Software or Robots by 2025

October 7th, 2014

Wired: Training the software that will replace you. Tired: Training the Indian worker who will replace you. Expired: Stable jobs with decent pay. Via: Computerworld: “The shift is from doing to implementing, so the doers go away but someone still has to implement,” said Strohmaier. IT is a shift, although a slow one, to new […]

U.S. Navy Tests Robot Boat Swarm to Overwhelm Enemies

October 7th, 2014

Via: IEEE Spectrum: A fleet of U.S. Navy boats approached an enemy vessel like sharks circling their prey. The scene might not seem so remarkable compared to any of the Navy’s usual patrol activities, but in this case, part of an exercise conducted by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), the boats operated without […]

U.S. Navy’s Self-Guided, Unmanned Patrol Boats

October 5th, 2014

Looks like a remote controlled Ma Deuce up front. Via: AP: Self-guided unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships they’re protecting and swarm and attack potential threats on the water could join the Navy’s fleet within a year, defense officials say, adding the new technology could one day help stop attacks like the deadly 2000 […]

California Governor Vetoes Bill Limiting Drone Surveillance

September 30th, 2014

Via: CBS: Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have placed strict limits on law enforcement agencies using unmanned aerial drones for surveillance. The governor’s office announced that the bill was one of more than a dozen pieces of legislation he vetoed Sunday. AB1327 by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Camarillo would have […]

Argentina Uses Drones to Spot Wealthy Tax Cheats

September 26th, 2014

Via: AP: Argentine tax evaders beware: The government is using a drone to spot you. The Buenos Aires province’s tax agency said Wednesday that it has used drones to identify some 200 mansions and about 100 swimming pools that haven’t been declared by their owners.

Germany: DHL Begins Drone Deliveries to Island

September 24th, 2014

Via: Reuters: Logistics firm DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to the German island of Juist, in what it says is the first time an unmanned aircraft has been authorized to deliver goods in Europe. The company, owned by Germany’s Deutsche Post, joins the likes of Amazon.com and Google in testing the potential […]

The Robots that Feed Humanity

September 24th, 2014

Via: Engadget: The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, divides agricultural robots into three generations. The first gen is comprised of basic ones that can collect data, while the second-gen bots are capable of harvesting, seeding, spraying and cultivating. Finally, the third and most advanced generation is comprised […]

Hundreds of Floating Robots Could Soon Surveil the Oceans

September 24th, 2014

Via: cNet: Boeing and Liquid Robotics today announced a partnership to make water-borne robots that can handle a variety of surveillance jobs, ranging from hunts for submarines to the detection of drug traffickers. Silicon Valley’s Liquid Robotics is the manufacturer of the Wave Glider SV3, a $300,000 self-powered, seafaring data center that offers customers — […]

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