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Jan 20, 2016

Horse-like drones: Amazon shares plans to deal with flight obstacles, haters with shotguns

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Amazon’s plans to create a fleet of automated drones to deliver packages straight to customers’ doorsteps are widely known. But now the company is addressing concerns about noise pollution, collisions and even people who might try and shoot drones down.

In an interview with Yahoo News, Amazon Vice President of Global Affairs Paul Misener explained that the company is trying to implement a high-tech delivery system to get small packages to customers in 30 minutes or less – a far shorter period than a driver navigating a system of roads would require.

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Jan 14, 2016

How Will Artificial Intelligence Change War?

Posted by in categories: drones, economics, military, robotics/AI

Davos, US military branches, Time Magazine, etc. are all talking about the Robotic Battlefield.

Automated systems have already reshaped modern warfare, most notably with the widespread use of drones in conflict. Now, experts predict that advances in artificial intelligence could further change how we fight battles.

The new frontiers of warfare are not without ethical questions. Many have already challenged whether the United States should use unmanned drones to kill terrorists.

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Jan 1, 2016

Food delivered by drones, driverless cabs and cyber PAs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, drones, food, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence is moving so fast that within a decade, we will even be able to swallow computers so they can perform internal operations and release drugs.

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Dec 29, 2015

This Year in Science

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, neuroscience, robotics/AI, science, space travel

Futurism presents its annual This Year in Science immersive experience! This year’s themes include robot intelligence, space exploration, drones, CRISPR (a breakthrough gene editing tool), plus a special ‘Futurist of the Year’ award.

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Dec 28, 2015

150 Kilowatt lasers will be tested on predator drones and AC130 gunships in 2016

Posted by in categories: drones, energy, military

A laser set to begin live-fire tests at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, in January uses rare earth minerals. It was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway, Calif., the company that produced the revolutionary MQ-1 Predator drone. Its precise power levels are classified, but Michael Perry, the company’s vice president for laser programs, said the experimental weapon’s beam is in the 150-kilowatt class. That’s more than 100 times the power needed to heat an electric oven to 350 degrees.

The General Atomics laser is five times more powerful than the only laser the military has fielded, the 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System, a fiber laser the Navy developed that has knocked down small drones and crippled small boat swarms in tests at short range. That laser was installed on the USS Ponce, an Afloat Forward Staging Base deployed to the Middle East, in 2014. This past October, the Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $53 million contract to develop a more powerful shipboard laser.

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Dec 23, 2015

Airborne innovation | The Economist

Posted by in categories: big data, business, drones, governance, satellites


“The most successful drone firms could be those that do not make them”

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Dec 7, 2015

Amazon Reveals New Delivery Drone

Posted by in categories: drones, transportation

The future of delivery, where drones bring your package in 30 minutes or less. http://voc.tv/1P6L9zh

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Dec 6, 2015

Beyond ‘Back to the Future’: Experts Serve Up Tech Predictions for 2045

Posted by in categories: drones, electronics, transportation

Just How Much Did ‘Back to the Future’ Get Right about October 2015? 2:19.

In “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel from 1985 to October 21, 2015, to find a world filled with flying cars, hoverboards and self-drying jackets.

Those predictions didn’t exactly pan out, although people are working on each of those concepts. (Screenwriter Bob Gale did get a lot of things — from drones to fingerprint scanners — right, as he told TODAY earlier this year.)

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Nov 30, 2015

See The Amazon Drone That Will Deliver In 30 Minutes Or Less

Posted by in categories: drones, transportation

Amazon says drones can deliver packages weighing up to 5 pounds within 30 minutes.

“In time, there will be a whole family of Amazon drones,” says narrator Jeremy Clarkson, the former BBC “Top Gear” cohost who is working on a similar show for Amazon. “Different designs for different environments.”

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Nov 30, 2015

Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design — By Drew Olanoff & Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch

Posted by in categories: business, drones

“Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone.”

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