Amazon Echo Data Sought in First-Degree Murder Case – Robotics Trends

We all saw this coming. According to The Information, authorities in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon to deliver any audio and records from an Echo that belongs to James Andrew Bates.

Bates is going to trial in 2017 for first-degree murder in the death of Victor Collins.

Mark Zuckerberg builds an AI assistant to run his house — and entertain his toddler – The Washington Post

Mark Zuckerberg has a new housemate: Jarvis, an artificial intelligence assistant he created this year that can control appliances, play music, recognize faces and, peAll Pagesrhaps most impressively, entertain his toddler.

The Facebook founder spent 100 hours putting together the virtual assistant — named after the artificial intelligence system in “Iron Man” — which understands spoken commands as well as text messages.

The future of robotics: 10 predictions for 2017 and beyond | ZDNet

What does the future hold for robotics? It’s hard to say, given the rapid pace of change in the field as well as in associated areas such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. But one thing seems certain: Robots will play an increasingly important role in business and life in general.

The Best Gadgets for 2016: A Year for Virtual Reality : News : Mobile & Apps

2016 displayed several launches of virtual reality related devices, such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PS VR and Daydream, a new mobile platform from Google. Virtual reality is truly now, not just a distant dream. More titles are still ahead in the future of the VR industry, and the price of the trend to lower.

5 ways museums are using technology for new experiences – Huron Daily Tribune

Museums are always looking for ways to make their exhibitions more exciting. Now, new technologies are making that easier.

From 3-D scanning and 3-D printing, to virtual reality and special apps, these technologies are being applied in a multitude of ways. Still other technologies are being tested and developed as museums seek to ever broaden public access.

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet | WIRED

ON THE WEST coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above. The photos are a way of locating dugongs, or sea cows, in the bay near Perth—part of an effort to prevent the extinction of these endangered marine mammals.

New drone owners urged to read the rules before first flight | The Guardian

New drone owners have been warned about the risks of flying the devices as soon as they unwrap them this Christmas. Police and aviation authorities urged users to read up on strict rules about the remote-controlled gadgets before taking them for their first spin. Those caught flying drones dangerously face an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison.

The Internet of Intelligent Things: Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and the new battlefront | Windows Central

Roughly every ten years there’s a shift to a new computing paradigm. The computer hardware and process optimization of the 80’s gave way to the Microsoft software and productivity of the 90s. Google-dominated web-based information retrieval of the 00s yielded to the Apple-Android mobile duopoly and the warehouse of apps of the 10’s.

A breakthrough in miniaturising lidars for autonomous driving | The Economist

EXPERIMENTAL self-driving cars continue to make regular forays onto the roads. After a trial in Pittsburgh, Uber launched several of its “autonomous” vehicles onto the streets of San Francisco on December 14th—and promptly ran into a row with officials for not obtaining an operating permit, which Uber insists is unnecessary as the vehicles have a backup driver to take over if something goes wrong.

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