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"Lifeguard drone" rescues swimmer in Spain

This Wednesday, a group of seven swimmers located about 70 m (230 ft) from the beach at Spain's port of Sagunto found themselves caught in an …

Drones

San Diego Fire Department to test remotely piloted drones as part of FAA program

The San Diego Fire Department (SDFD) today began tests of camera-equipped drones to help fight fires. Firefighters on the ground will deploy the drones, but once they’re in the air, the drones will be controlled by trained drone pilots using the Cape telepresence drone platform, a company …

Unmanned Aircraft

Stunning aerial photography from the 2018 Drone Awards

Drones

Drone development should focus on social good first, says UK report

A UK government backed drone innovation project that’s exploring how unmanned aerial vehicles could benefit cities — including for use-cases such as medical delivery, traffic incident response, fire response and construction and regeneration — has reported early learnings from the first phase of …

Emergency Medicine

Intel drones light up sky to celebrate LGBTQ pride

Intel's famous drone light shows have entertained crowds for CES, the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, and now the company's drones have taken over the sky to celebrate Pride.<p>Intel Shooting Star drones lit up the nighttime sky over the company's at Folsom, California, campus on June 23 in a …

Parrot responds to the Mavic Air with its own folding drone

This morning, Parrot unveiled the Anafi, a new drone clearly targeted at DJI’s Mavic line. According to the French company, the new portable UAV is the product of two years of development and a “wish list of user feedback and a biomimetic design inspired by insects.”<p>Like the Mavic, the 0.7-pound …

Drones lift up latest Time cover in spectacular night-time display

Time have taken their magazine cover to new heights in their latest issue, 100 metres higher to be precise.<p>Time teamed up with Intel and its Shooting …

Food delivery drones take flight in China

You don't have to wait for food delivery drones... if you live in the right part of China. Alibaba's online meal giant Ele.me has been cleared to use drones for delivering orders in Shanghai's Jinshan Industrial Park. The initiative won't deliver directly to your abode, but it will save you a lot …

Uber Plans to Test Food Delivery by Drone

Uber Technologies Inc. plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal …

DJI launches a new emergency drone program in Europe

The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and the Chinese drone manufacturer DJI just announced a new joint pilot project for using drones for emergency services in Europe. The project was announced at the EENA conference in Slovenia and will be the second partnership between EENA and …

Drones

Badly implemented AI could ‘jeopardize democracy,’ says French president Emmanuel Macron

Accountability and transparency need to be key values for artificial intelligence, says Macron<p>France has announced a new national AI strategy, including government funding worth nearly €1.5 billion ($1.85 billion). But the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, is worried about the damage this …

Zipline's second-gen drones speed its medical delivery business

"Controller is ready, airspace is clear, slight headwind," a loudspeaker announces. "Launching Zipline 140 in 3, 2, 1..." And then an airplane-like styrofoam drone with a 10-foot wingspan catapults into the air above a quiet ranch in Yolo County, California.<p>Startup Zipline is putting its second …

Drones playing bigger role in Japanese crop management

Drones are finding increasing use in Japanese agriculture as farmers start to use the unmanned aerial vehicles for crop inspection and other purposes.<p>…

Airports

10 Drone Stats That Will Blow You Away

The UAV revolution has begun.<p>The global drone market is enjoying explosive growth. Unmanned aerial vehicle technology is reshaping major industries …

Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia

One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report. The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a …

Intel’s new Shooting Star Mini drones can make indoor light shows

You can’t buy just one, sorry<p>Intel has long been proud of its drone-based light shows — including airing a (pre-taped) halftime show at the last Super Bowl. Today at its CES keynote, the company introduced a new version of those drones, called “Shooting Star Mini.” The innovation here? They’re tiny …

Blockchain could solve the next global humanitarian crisis

When one talks about blockchain, the focus is usually on the technological side or on how to apply it to business. Less common, however, is to hear about it in the context of, for example, delivering aid, assisting refugees or helping to achieve one of the Sustainable Development Goals.<p>While …

Drone-powered ‘Uber for blood’ is delivering life-saving medical supplies in Africa

Drones might be causing privacy concerns in the United States and Europe, but in the East African country of Rwanda, they are a welcome sight in the …

SF Express to use logistics drones for emergency services

Chinese logistics giant SF Express carried out its first demonstration flight using drones to deliver emergency supplies at an airport in …

Record-breaking hybrid drone stays aloft for over four hours

Drone technology is getting better all the time, and one area folks are putting a lot of energy into is boosting the amount of time the things can …

At an Air Show in China, Drones, Not Jets, Are the Stars

WUHAN, China — Need more evidence that China is a global force in technology? Just listen for the low whine of tiny propellers.<p>And look up.<p>At the World Fly-In Expo, an air show held in the central Chinese city of Wuhan last month, jets, hot air balloons, autogiros and ultralight planes were …

Remote Controls

Google’s voice-generating AI is now indistinguishable from humans

Humans have officially given their voice to machines.<p>A research paper published by Google this month—which has not been peer reviewed—details a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2, which claims near-human accuracy at imitating audio of a person speaking from text.<p>The system is Google’s second …

Artificial Intelligence

Using drones to build the ambulance fleet of the future

Alice Lloyd George Contributor<p>Alice Lloyd George is an investor at RRE Ventures and the host of Flux, a series of podcast conversations with leaders in frontier technology.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>A conversation with Dean Kamen on the myth of “Eureka!”<br>• Behind the scenes with Tezos, a new …

Could Facebook Be Tried for Human-Rights Abuses?

The legal path is murky.<p>It’s almost quaint to think that just five years ago, Mark Zuckerberg cheerfully took credit for major pro-democracy movements during Facebook’s IPO launch. Contradicting his previous dismissal of the connection between social media and the Arab Spring, Zuckerberg’s letter …

In 2017, key Facebook builders disowned their creation

‘We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.’<p>Less than a week ago, Facebook published an extraordinary statement unlike anything in its history. The company acknowledged for the first time that ordinary use of its product could be harmful. "The bad<b>:</b> In …

What Can AI Experts Learn from Buddhism? A New Approach to Machine-Learning Ethics Aims to Find Out

Rapid advances in AI have spawned a number of recent initiatives that aim to convince engineers, programmers, and others to prioritize ethical …

The Great AI Paradox - MIT Technology Review

You’ve probably heard versions of each of the following ideas.<p>1. With computers becoming remarkably adept at driving, understanding speech, and other …

Artificial Intelligence

LAFD Deploys Drones for First Time to Survey Damage, Patrol Hotspots in Skirball Fire

For the first time ever this week, the Los Angeles firefighters used unmanned aerial vehicles as they battled the 475-acre Skirball Fire burning near …

Virginia Tech Helps Malawi Drone Corridor Take Flight

The university's Unmanned Systems Lab helped Malawians build a UAV that successfully delivered a simulated package of med supplies.<p>Virginia Tech / …

How to interview extremists – and avoid normalising racism | Samira Ahmed

With the rise of far-right groups, broadcasters need to quickly learn how to report on controversial political leaders whose opinions may distress their audience<p>You could indirectly trace the current anxiety in journalism to that Gordon Brown moment on the 2010 campaign trail when he was overheard …