Intelligence and monitoring

Popular Science - by Kat Eschner - 08/22/2018

Take a look, it's in a book. It's reading robot.

“Are you ready to read?” the little robot asks the boy. The robot’s name is Minnie, and it’s designed to turn reading alone at home into a group activity. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin at Madison just published a small study suggesting that having Minnie around helped kids get into reading—and get more out of it.

Digital Trends - by Bruce Brown - 08/22/2018

Even if autonomous vehicles perform as well as perfect human drivers who see and react quickly and correctly to objects and events, that isn’t good enough if the sensors cannot “see.” Bad road conditions, confusing tire tracks, inclement weather, or poor visibility all can interfere with the performance of conventional sensor-based systems, according to Wavesense.

TWN - by Tristan Greene - 08/22/2018

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) just developed an AI-assisted image editing tool that automates object selection. This is the Holy Grail of selection tools.

Gizmodo - by Sidney Fussell - 08/21/2018

Under newly elected President Iván Duque, Colombia is testing remote-controlled drones designed to track and destroy coca, the crop used in cocaine production. The government has reportedly tested ten drones so far.

The drones carry payloads of glyphosate, a powerful herbicide. During early tests they’ve destroyed “hundreds of acres of coca,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Duque’s government hopes the drones will offer more precision than traditional crop-dusting methods, which rely on small planes and often harm legitimate nearby crops.

Business Insider - by Rob Price - 08/20/2018

Facebook wants to revolutionise MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans.

The social networking giant announced on Monday a new research project that aims to use artificial intelligence (AI) to make MRI scans up to ten times faster, and has been granted access to a trove of around 3 million anonymised MRI images from 10,000 clinical cases.

ZDNet - by Steve Ranger - 08/20/2018

Google is putting an artificial.intelligence system in charge of its data center cooling after the system proved it could cut energy use.

Now Google and its AI company DeepMind are taking the project further; instead of recommendations being implemented by human staff, the AI system is directly controlling cooling in the data centers that run services including Google Search, Gmail and YouTube.

New Atlas - by Ben Coxworth - 08/18/2018

At the recent Farnborough Air Show 2018, aerospace engineers from Britain's University of Central Lancashire presented what they state is the world's first graphene-skinned aircraft. Known as Juno, the 3.5 meter-wide (11.5-ft) unmanned plane could be a sign of things to come.

The Drive - by Stephen Edelstein - 08/11/2018

German startup Sono Motors has reached an important milestone in the development of its Sion, an electric car powered by a mix of batteries and built-in solar panels. Sono is completing final development work ahead of a planned production launch next year, reports Reuters.

Engineers at the California Institute of Technology have developed a control algorithm that they say enables a single drone to herd an entire flock of birds away from the airspace of an airport.

New Atlas - by Loz Blain - 05/29/2018

The benefits of self-driving technology for cars and trucks is obvious, but the applications for autonomous technology on vehicles of the two-wheeled variety are a little harder to fathom. All the weather and road rash exposure of a motorcycle, but none of the fun? What's the point? Turns out there's a very good one, and it's all about improving the safety of driverless cars.