Kalashnikov show off their first ever hoverbike

Kalashnikov show off their first ever hoverbike

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Kalashnikovs new hoverbike has civilian and military use cases but most people will just want one to commute in   Last week Kalashnikov, makers of the famous AK-47 and part of the Russian defence giant Rostec, announced that it’s branching out into what it calls...

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Self-evolving killer robots are almost here, and experts want a debate

Self-evolving killer robots are almost here, and experts want a debate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Few realise just how fast we’re approaching the tipping point for autonomous warfare, but in a time when we can’t control, or even predict the evolution of AI and “Smart” systems the time for debate, arguably, was ten years ago   As it increasingly looks...

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Machine gun equipped drones get ready for battle, autonomy next?

Machine gun equipped drones get ready for battle, autonomy next?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to automate war, and arm drone platforms, is accelerating almost unchecked and whether or not it’s a good thing depends on your point of view   America has some 300 million guns in circulation, and, we all know how much some most people...

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New all seeing cameras will revolutionise computer vision as we know it

New all seeing cameras will revolutionise computer vision as we know it

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine a camera that can see and analyse every part of the visible and non-visible spectrum at the same time, now imagine it’s in a search and rescue drone, or a hunter killer robot…   Hey, I know you like hearing about the grand things...

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Nvidia’s latest autonomous drone flies off grid

Nvidia’s latest autonomous drone flies off grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly more devices and products are able to navigate their surroundings without having to rely on external systems or platforms, and as AI moves into the devices themselves it’s all just one more step on the path to fully autonomous behaviours   GPS can be...

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Mine hunting drones can now detect mines from the air

Mine hunting drones can now detect mines from the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect explosives and mines from the air is a game changer that will help save lives and this is just the first in a long line of new developments   A little while ago I wrote an article about an MQ-9 Reaper...

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An ocean going drone is protecting the world’s largest marine reserve

An ocean going drone is protecting the world’s largest marine reserve

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Conservations have always had to work on a budget, I know, I’ve been one, but now technology is helping them in ways that were previously unimaginable Stuff   Whether it’s robots stunning invasive species like Lionfish and the Crown of Thorns, or scientists using 3D...

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Switzerland might build a $3.4Bn autonomous underground transport system

Switzerland might build a $3.4Bn autonomous underground transport system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Roads around the world are filling up with cars and lorries and now Switzerland is thinking about moving lorries, vans and delivery carts underground   Everyone wants to get away from rush hour traffic, especially if you’re stuck behind a truck, even if it’s an...

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Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company

Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of “old school” robotics and new AI and Machine Vision technologies is helping robotics companies automate increasingly complex tasks that were once thought to be the exclusive domain of humans   By the time you’ve picked your Amazon parcel up off of your...

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US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’

US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The automation of war, and warfare, is accelerating as countries race to embrace new AI powered autonomous platforms   The US Marines, who recently announced they want their own fully autonomous F-35’s are getting their “Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology” platform, also known...

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The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone

The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone

  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or fully, autonomous weapons platforms and the pace of development is accelerating   Earlier this week the US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has managed to turn  an F-16 fighter jet...

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Amazon completes it’s first autonomous drone delivery on American soil

Amazon completes it’s first autonomous drone delivery on American soil

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Time to delivery is the new retail battlefield and Amazon is getting closer to realising its 30 minute goal   Amazon, who last December became the first company to successfully complete the UK’s first drone delivery, has been testing its Prime Air drone delivery drones for...

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Airbus unveils PopUp, the sky taxi of the future

Airbus unveils PopUp, the sky taxi of the future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of mobility is still going to be multi-modal but nothing says we have to stay on the ground   None of us like sitting in a traffic jam and watching the taxi meter rise, or the world pass us by, but now an...

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Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair

Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of devices today that are too small, or lack the computing power to accommodate a traditional camera, new micro-cameras overcome all those issues   It seems that you can’t go anywhere nowadays without a camera tracking you but as ubiquitous as they...

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DARPA’s TERN drone gives US Marines a new wingman

DARPA’s TERN drone gives US Marines a new wingman

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of today’s drones are limited by the distances they can fly and the payloads they can carry, now the US wants an eye in the sky that can help protect, and resupply troops wherever they are   Terns are a family of shorebirds that...

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World’s first flying taxi service will start operations in Dubai this summer

World’s first flying taxi service will start operations in Dubai this summer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to be the most futuristic city on Earth so it’s no surprise it’s going to be the first with a flying taxi service   On Monday the emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), who’ve already announced that they’re going to be the first...

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Google RAISR sharpens photos and gives you super vision

Google RAISR sharpens photos and gives you super vision

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sight is one of our most crucial senses, now one technology promises infinite zoom and super crisp images   Let’s face it – the last thing many of us want it to take what we think is a great family photo only to find out...

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New US military intercept tech lets operators take control of enemy drones

New US military intercept tech lets operators take control of enemy drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new technology breakthrough from Department 13 will help the US military take control of enemy drones and turn them against their operators   So, the friend of my enemy is my friend? In the past it was enough for governments to want to just...

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F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight

F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teams of humans, AI’s and drones take center stage in the future of warfare, until that is AI’s replace humans   In the wake of a recent announcement that the US will stand up it’s first fully autonomous drone squadron later this year earlier this...

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Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

Airbus will test its new “Sky taxi” later this year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With more people moving into the cities gridlock is becoming the bane of most people’s lives, Airbus and others, including Uber propose taking to the skies but people with vertigo should watch out   Airbus has been eyeing the increasingly interesting, and viable, flying taxi...

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