The US Military just put out a contract for the world’s first flying aircraft carriers

The US Military just put out a contract for the world’s first flying aircraft carriers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fast and dramatic advancements in the field of drones and autonomous warfare are calling the role of traditional aircraft carriers into question, and one day they could be replaced entirely.   Earlier this week the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced it wants the ability...

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DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

DeepMind unveils the world’s first test to assess dangerous AI’s and algorithms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI is being strapped into everything from self-driving cars and autonomous weapons systems and until now we had no way to assess how dangerous, or how much of a threat, those AI’s could become.   Earlier this year a group of world experts convened to...

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Dubai rolls out autonomous police cars to go alongside its robot police officers

Dubai rolls out autonomous police cars to go alongside its robot police officers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technology is changing the world of law enforcement and it’s important to experiment with new ideas that provide low visibility but highly effective policing.   A couple of weeks ago, and following on from the deployment of the regions first robot police officer at the Dubai...

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Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS It is inevitable that more of the world’s military platforms will become autonomous, and America’s submarines are about to get a huge upgrade.   As part of its plan to turn undersea drones from remote controlled tools and toys into fully enrolled members of the fleet, last...

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World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

World first as drones and robots plant, tend and harvest their own crops

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It was only a matter of time before robots autonomously grew and harvested their own crops, and now it’s happened.   The Agricultural industry is going through a revolution, whether it’s thanks to organisations like DARPA who are formulating new genetic solutions that can re-vitalise...

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Volocopter puts its sky taxi through its paces above the skies of Dubai

Volocopter puts its sky taxi through its paces above the skies of Dubai

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more companies experiment with new flying taxi vehicles and commercial concepts Volocopter is increasingly finding itself edging into the lead.   Dubai is moving full steam ahead toward a futuristic skyline dotted with modern skyscrapers and flying taxis by kicking off trials of the...

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World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology keeps lowering the bar for criminals and nation states that want to cause mischief and harm, and now the makers of autonomous vehicles have something new to worry about.   Recently there have been reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea...

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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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UN cancels crucial 2017 debate on autonomous warfare because Brazil owes it money

UN cancels crucial 2017 debate on autonomous warfare because Brazil owes it money

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone wants war, and arguably noone should want autonomous war where AI’s and robots make the decisions, but for the fifth year in a row the UN has cancelled it’s scheduled debate, over the funding of the meetings.   Share your opinion, is this an...

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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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Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs

Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare is autonomous, but undersea, autonomous drones and submarines have a lot of civilian capabilities too.   A year after DARPA launched its own fully autonomous mine hunter and a few months after they announced they plan on building  American undersea drone...

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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.   Whether it’s robots stunning invasive species like Lionfish and the Crown of Thorns, or scientists using 3D printing...

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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 into...

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Fast, deadly laser wielding underwater robots revolutionise fish farming

Fast, deadly laser wielding underwater robots revolutionise fish farming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventors have found a novel way to combine new technologies together to help fish farmers reduce pollution, reduce costs and improve the yield, and health, of their farm reared Salmon.   When you think about laser-wielding robots that are equipped with the latest machine vision...

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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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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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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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