The future of computing as predicted by nine science-fiction machines

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The future of computing as predicted by nine science-fiction machines
The future of computing as predicted by nine science-fiction machines

From Star Trek to The Matrix via The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, science fiction has long predicted computing innovation before the designers have Science fiction has an uncanny ability to predict the future of technology, from Star Trek’s Padd,Read more… #quadcopters #drones

The Guardian view on killer robots: on the loose | Editorial
The Guardian view on killer robots: on the loose | Editorial

Lethal autonomous weapons are a reality, but the campaign to prevent their use is ours to win

The first meeting of the UN-backed group of experts, intended to start work on getting a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, was supposed to wrap up at the end of last week. But only days before it was due to start it was cancelled: funding shortfalls were blamed. A lack of will feels the more likely explanation. Alarmed by the delay the day it was due to begin, more than 100 of those most closely involved in developing the artificial intelligence on which such weapons would rely, led by Tesla’s Elon Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman, wrote a public letter of bleak warning: killer robots amount to a third revolution in warfare, the sequel to gunpowder and nuclear weapons. They are right. The only thing more frightening than a machine that can’t decide for itself who to kill is one that can.

But the technology is out there, within reach of scientists backed by billions of dollars poured into the development of AI by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, and certainly matched in other less transparent regimes. Some semi-autonomous weaponry is already available, like the border guarding system on the ceasefire line between North and South Korea. The process of what its critics, such as the campaigning group Article 36, call “bureaucratising” weapons, where targets are defined according to an explicit hierarchy, is under way.

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DJI Launches Bug Bounty Program, Kills Some Third-Party Plugins
DJI Launches Bug Bounty Program, Kills Some Third-Party Plugins

DJI has created a bug bounty program to reward those who discover security issues with the company’s software. DJI says its new threat-identification reward program is part of an expanded commitment to work with researchers and others to responsibly discover, disclose and remediate issues that could affect the security of its software. Earlier this month, […]

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Johns Hopkins Researchers Design a Drone to Explore Saturn’s Largest Moon
Johns Hopkins Researchers Design a Drone to Explore Saturn’s Largest Moon

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has proposed to NASA an instrumented, radioisotope-powered, dual quadcopter to explore potential habitable sites where life could be developed on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. According to APL, a nonprofit division of The Johns Hopkins University, Titan has diverse, carbon-rich chemistry on a surface dominated by water ice, as […]

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5 Things GoPro & the Karma 2 Must Do to Compete With DJI
5 Things GoPro & the Karma 2 Must Do to Compete With DJI

Manufacturing a decent drone isn’t easy. Staying afloat seems to be just as hard. Just ask the founders of Lily Robotics, who received almost $50 million in pre-sales and VC funding and still couldn’t deliver to a single customer. Or 3DR, who pumped plenty of capital into the Solo but have now had to retreat from […]

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AUVSI Forms New Partnership to Advance UAS in Public Safety
AUVSI Forms New Partnership to Advance UAS in Public Safety

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the National Council on Public Safety UAS (NCPSU) have entered a partnership to encourage and promote the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by public safety agencies. AUVSI and NCPSU will collaborate to create education and information programs and materials to facilitate the widespread adoption drones […]

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Nevada UAS Test Site Tries out Artificial Intelligence with Microsoft Researchers
Nevada UAS Test Site Tries out Artificial Intelligence with Microsoft Researchers

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) recently teamed up with Microsoft’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research team to test artificial intelligence (AI) on a sailplane measuring 16.5 feet and weighing 12.5 pounds. The sailplane that Microsoft is testing in Nevada relies on a battery to […]

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This 3D-printed robotic arm could be the most advanced and most realistic yet
This 3D-printed robotic arm could be the most advanced and most realistic yet

At just 21 years old, Easton LaChappelle is engineering the next standard of 3D-printed prosthetics. Inspired by a nine-year-old girl named Momo, LaChappelle teamed up with Microsoft to create a realistic robotic arm. He hopes the prototype will help usherRead more… #quadcopters #drones

The future of funerals? Robot priest launched to undercut human-led rites
The future of funerals? Robot priest launched to undercut human-led rites

Softbank’s humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ dons robes to provide low-cost funerals complete with live-streaming option In Japan robots can serve as companions, helpers for the elderly, entertainment bots and even sexual partners, but now SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper has put itselfRead more… #quadcopters #drones

We can’t ban killer robots – it’s already too late | Philip Ball
We can’t ban killer robots – it’s already too late | Philip Ball

Telling international arms traders they can’t make killer robots is like telling soft-drinks makers that they can’t make orangeade One response to the call by experts in robotics and artificial intelligence for an ban on “killer robots” (“lethal autonomous weaponsRead more… #quadcopters #drones