For years, Facebook has been investing in artificial intelligence fields like machine learning and deep neural nets to build its core business—selling you things better than anyone else in the world. But earlier this month, the company began turning some of those AI tools to a more noble goal.Read more
Drones aren’t always mentioned in the same breath as saving lives, but a new report from one manufacturer says they should be.
Civilian drones have been used to save at least 59 people in 18 different incidents around the world since 2013.Read more
The owner of an aerial photography business has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after a drone he was operating knocked a woman unconscious.
Paul Skinner was found guilty of reckless endangerment, by a judge at the Seattle Municipal Court.Read more
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has long had a keen interest in drones. The military’s research wing has worked on and sketched out ideas that range from turning drones into wireless hotspots to making drones hunt like wolves. One problem that persists, though, is safely landing drones in remote areas.Read more
At Volvo’s design studio in Gothenburg, the boards where they post inspiring ideas used to be covered in cars. Now they’re covered in houses, boats and gadgets. “It’s the most exciting period in the history of car design,” says Robin Page, Volvo’s chief interior designer.Read more
Tesla will not be ordered to recall its semi-autonomous cars in the US, following a fatal crash in May 2016. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation after it found no evidence of a defect in the vehicle.Read more
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.Read more
As artificially-intelligent software continues to outperform humans, it’s natural to be anxious about the future. What exactly is stopping a neural network, hard at work, from accidentally hurting or killing us all?
The horror of a blundering AI injuring people has been explored heavily in science fiction; to this day, boffins have been trying to stop fiction from turning into fact.Read more
Hobbyists flying drones in the UK will soon be able to check if there are any aircraft nearby using a new app released by National Air Traffic Services.
The app will also alert them to other potential hazards or privacy concerns such as power lines, schools or sports venues.Read more
Hurrying from street light to street light on a gloomy path at night could become a thing of the past under plans to fit spotlights to drones.
The “Fleetlights” technology has been developed by the insurer Direct Line. Its creators say that it could be used by people walking home from the station after a late shift, but could also be useful for motorists and cyclists on country lanes.Read more
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced its new cars will come with hardware that allows them to be fully autonomous — but the company won’t consider itself legally liable if its driverless cars get in a crash.
“I think that would be up to the individual’s insurance,” Musk said. “If it is something endemic to our design, certainly we would take our responsibility for that.”Read more