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Apr 2, 2019

Amazon’s giant ‘dystopian’ delivery-drone blimp isn’t real yet, but it’s something the tech giant has explored

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Before you freak out, the video is fake. It was created by a tech-savvy Twitter user based on an actual Amazon patent.

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Apr 1, 2019

‘The Matrix’ 20 Years Later: The Artificial Intelligence Lives in Us (Column)

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But in “The Matrix,” the landmark of liquid-action sci-fi released 20 years ago today, the artificial intelligence comes at us in a uniquely teasing, forward-tilting, who’s-that-in-the-mirror way. The movie is about a computer-company office drone, played with pinpoint charisma by Keanu Reeves, who gets tugged out of his existence by a rebel underground that unplugs him from the Matrix.


The term “artificial intelligence” was coined in 1956, but one way or another it has been the subject of just about every great science-fiction movie, from “Metropolis” to “Frankenstein,” from the paranoid fables of the ’50s (about brainy robots and aliens with giant noggins who were like “advanced” versions of ourselves) to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in which HAL, the computer who talks like a wounded therapy patient, displays the anger and ego of a jilted human being. And by the late ’70s and early ’80s, the Machines Who Could Think were really taking over. “Alien” featured a technologically evolved monster with the metallic jaws, the helmet head, and the relentlessness of a demonic thresher, the most sympathetic character in “Blade Runner” was a replicant, and “The Terminator” gave us a dystopia ruled by the machines, featuring a weaponized badass who was the ultimate programmed destroyer.

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Mar 31, 2019

These stunning drone photos put humanity in its place

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It may be a cliché, but drone photography really does offer a new perspective on the world.

Winners of the 2018 Aerial Photo and Video Contest from SkyPixel (an online photo-sharing community owned by Chinese drone maker DJI) show how. The pictures and videos put architecture, nature, and humanity on display from unexpected heights and angles. The resulting imagery is stunning, and might make you rethink your place in the world.

Just consider it for a second. Where are you standing or sitting right now? What would it look like if you could see yourself from a distance? What surrounds you?

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Mar 31, 2019

DIY drone kits on sale with promo code

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The kits teach key STEM concepts as you build.

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Mar 29, 2019

Watch Russia’s Flying Rifle In Action For the First Time Ever

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The new electric-powered drone can chase moving targets and fire at them till they are killed.

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Mar 29, 2019

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang talks geo-engineering, asteroid detection, space force and more!

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We interviewed Andrew Yang, a Democratic candidate for president of the United States who has made an answer to automation one of the central issues of his campaign. The tech-minded candidate shares his thoughts on drones, geo-engineering, asteroid detection, space force and more!

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Mar 23, 2019

NASA’s Working on a Drone to Hunt For Life in Martian Caves

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The drone can make a 3D map of a volcanic cave in just minutes.

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Mar 22, 2019

How Drones Could Be Able to Plant a Billion Trees Per Year

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They’ll be shooting seeds into the ground starting this September.

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Mar 22, 2019

Drones: the future of ocean conservation

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Unmanned systems like drones significantly change the way ocean conservation scientists collect data, monitor species and protect the ocean.

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Mar 22, 2019

These drones plant trees

Posted by in categories: business, climatology, drones, engineering, habitats, robotics/AI, sustainability

Climate change is a sprawling, complex problem. But there is an astonishingly simple way to make a difference: plant more trees. Trees scrub pollution from the air, reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide homes for animals and insects, and enhance our lives in countless other ways.

It turns out that ecosystem restoration is also an emerging business opportunity. A new report from the World Resources Institute and the Nature Conservancy says governments around the world have committed to reviving nearly 400 million acres of wilderness — an area larger than South Africa. As countries push to regrow forests, startups are dreaming up new, faster ways to plant trees. For some innovators, like NASA veteran Dr. Lauren Fletcher, that means using drones.

Fletcher said his conversion from stargazer to eco-warrior was driven by his worry about climate change, which has been dramatically worsened by deforestation. To tackle the problem, he created BioCarbon Engineering, which he describes as an ecosystem restoration company. Working with colleagues, he came up with a 30-pound unmanned aerial vehicle nicknamed “Robin.” It can fly over the most rugged landscapes on earth, planting trees in precise locations at the rate of 120 per minute.

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