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New British Killer Drone Called “Protector”

October 6th, 2015

Maybe “Reaper Overkill Edition” didn’t do so well in focus groups. Via: Janes: The UK is to receive 20 new ‘Protector’ unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of a wider ramp-up of unmanned, surveillance, and special forces capabilities to combat militant Islam in the Middle East, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on 3 October. Speaking […]

The Era Of Automatic Facial Recognition And Surveillance Is Here

October 5th, 2015

Via: Forbes: ID checks were a common response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but they’ll soon be obsolete. You won’t have to show your ID, because you’ll be identified automatically. A security camera will capture your face, and it’ll be matched with your name and a whole lot of other information besides. Welcome to […]

A Robot at Best Buy Sells CDs, DVDs, Games

October 5th, 2015

Service with a smile. Via: Fox 5: Best Buy is experimenting with full automation — in the form of a robot — to sell a decidedly old-fashioned medium: CDs and DVDs. I’m in my 40s, so yes I remember vinyl records, tapes and even 8-tracks. So I still do like buying at least some of […]

Daimler Tests Self-Driving Truck on German Highway

October 2nd, 2015

Via: AFP: German automaker Daimler said it trialled a self-driving truck under real traffic conditions for the first time Friday, on a motorway in southern Germany. The truck has smart systems including radars, cameras and active speed regulators and works without a human driver — although one has to be in the driver’s seat and […]

Apple Suddenly Banned an App That Maps U.S. Drone Strikes

September 29th, 2015

Via: tech.mic: Freelance journalist and data artist Josh Begley has been methodically recording U.S. military drone activity for years. Every week or so — whenever the strikes occur — Begley will post a news story from the @dronestream Twitter account, identifying when and where drone strikes have occurred before feeding the results into an app […]

DARPA: Soldier Brain Implants to Improve Artificial Intelligence [???]

September 28th, 2015

Via: Fusion: For decades, DARPA, the secretive research arm of the Department of Defense, has dreamed of turning soldiers into cyborgs. And now it’s finally happening. The agency has funded projects that involve implanting chips into soldiers’ brains that they hope will enhance performance on the battlefield and repair traumatized brains once the fog of […]

General Atomics Wants to Install 150-Kilowatt Laser Onto its Avenger UAV

September 23rd, 2015

Via: DefenseOne: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., or GA-ASI, the San Diego-based company that makes the Predator and Reaper drones, is undertaking a privately funded study to integrate a 150-kilowatt solid-state laser onto its Avenger (née Predator-C) drone. If the company gets its way, a drone with a high-energy laser will be a reality at […]

Real Headline: “Marines Test Google’s Latest Military Robot”

September 21st, 2015

Via: PC World: The latest version of a walking, quadruped battlefield robot from Boston Dynamics, the military robotics maker owned by Google X, was tested by U.S. Marines last week. Spot weighs about 70kgs, is electrically operated and walks on four hydraulically-actuated legs. It’s controlled via wireless by an operator who can be up to […]

Flying Robots Replace Oil Roughnecks

September 20th, 2015

Via: Bloomberg: Oil rig inspection is a dangerous business. Traditionally roughnecks dangled from a wire, in gale-force winds if needed, to manually log wear and tear on the girders. Assessments include giant chimneys — called flare stacks — that belch fire during million-dollar-a-day shutdowns. Increasingly the industry has found that swapping abseiling humans for small […]

Apple Meets California Officials to Discuss Self-Driving Car

September 19th, 2015

Via: Guardian: Apple executives have discussed their plans for an “autonomous vehicle” with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles (DMV), the Guardian has learnt. According to documents obtained by the Guardian, Mike Maletic, a senior legal counsel at Apple, had an hour-long meeting on 17 August with the department’s self-driving car experts Bernard Soriano, […]

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