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Russian Killer Robot Guns Down ISIS Leader and 4 Others

December 8th, 2016

Via: Inquisitr: A machine-gun-wielding Russian robot was sent in to “take out” an ISIS emir and four other militants in a raid this week designed to stop terrorist attacks in the Republic of Dagestan, according to Russian security services. A video showing the killer robot indicates that the mechanical shooter was maneuvered into position and […]

Amazon Just Opened a Grocery Store Without a Checkout Line

December 7th, 2016

Via: USA Today: Amazon is testing a grocery store in downtown Seattle that lets customers walk in, grab food from the shelves and walk out again, without ever having to stand in a checkout line. Customers tap their cellphones on a turnstile as they walk into the store, which logs them into the store’s network […]

Wall-Jumping Robot Is Most Vertically Agile Ever Built

December 6th, 2016

Ah yes, “Search and rescue missions.” *wink* “The research was supported by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory under the Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance…” The objective of the Army’s Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance: Perform enabling research and transition technology that will enhance warfighter’s tactical situational awareness in urban […]

Apple Confirms Work on Autonomous Systems for Transportation

December 3rd, 2016

Via: Electrek: Apple’s car plans have long been kept under wrap by the company itself, but a new regulatory filing shows it publicly address the industry for the time. In a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uncovered by VentureBeat, Apple urges the government not to restrict testing of self-driving vehicles… […]

AT&T And NASA To Build National Drone Tracking System

November 16th, 2016

Via: Vocativ: The largest telecommunications company in the world wants to serve as a watchdog for all drones in the United States — and in the process, play a major role in supervising the national airspace. On Nov. 10, AT&T announced that it was collaborating with NASA to develop an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management […]

Tesla Buys Grohmann Engineering

November 8th, 2016

Via: Tesla: After increasing our output target to 500,000 cars per year by 2018, we began searching for the best engineering talent in automated manufacturing systems. Today, we are excited to announce that Tesla has entered into an agreement to acquire Grohmann Engineering, a world-renowned engineering company in Prüm, Germany, which will become Tesla Grohmann […]

The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’

October 25th, 2016

Almost unnoticed outside of defense circles… I’ve been posting about this on here since 2002. 😐 Via: New York Times: Almost unnoticed outside defense circles, the Pentagon has put artificial intelligence at the center of its strategy to maintain the United States’ position as the world’s dominant military power. It is spending billions of dollars […]

Self Driving Truck Makes First Commercial Delivery

October 25th, 2016

Via: New York Times: The futurists of Silicon Valley may not have seen this one coming: The first commercial delivery made by a self-driving truck was 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer. On Tuesday, Otto, the Uber-owned self-driving vehicle operation, announced the completion of its first commercial delivery, having delivered its beer load from Fort Collins, […]

Google Co-Founder’s Reported ‘Flying Car’ Spotted Hovering in Hollister

October 25th, 2016

Via: Monteray Herald: In Hollister, population 40,000, the first rule about Zee.Aero is you don’t talk about Zee.Aero. Related: Airbus Wants to Build a Self-Flying Taxi Called Vahana

Police Drones Zapping Suspects with Stun Guns: ‘The Public Is Going to Initially be Alarmed by This’

October 21st, 2016

Via: Wall Street Journal: In a conference room away from the busy San Diego Convention Center floor where law-enforcement officials from around the world perused the latest police technology, a Taser employee showed some police leaders a drone, and discussed how different things could be attached to it, including a camera, a light and a […]

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