A tank that drives itself. A drone that picks its own targets. A machine gun with facial-recognition software. Sound like science fiction? Weapons powered by artificial intelligence are already here. Original article at nytimes.com

Artificial intelligence has bested top players in chess, Go and even StarCraft. But can it fly a drone faster than a pro racer? More than $1 million is on the line to find out. Original article at nytimes.com

Amazon just received a patent for hijack-proof delivery drones. The company filed a patent titled “Hostile takeover avoidance of unmanned vehicles” two years ago, and it was finally approved last week. The patent is specifically designed for delivery vehicles, and its aimed at preventing “nefarious individuals” from taking over the company’s drones. Although there’s no guarantee that this patented technology will ever see the light of day, it’s still considered a major development — especially for an e-commerce giant like Amazon — since it could revolutionize the company’s delivery…

Researchers from the U.K. and India have developed a new drone-based surveillance system, which uses A.I.-equipped drones as flying security cameras to identify violent incidents from the sky View original article at Digital Trends

We may not have reached the age where we can drive flying cars just yet, but that doesn’t mean the age of AI isn’t already here. You’ve probably been encountering AI-driven things more than you realize.  Perhaps Netflix has recommended a show or film you’ve always been meaning to watch. Or your GPS has saved you from sitting in hours of traffic. Or maybe your text messaging app has already predicted what you’re going to say next View original article at Mashable

As artificial intelligence systems become more sophisticated, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing about how they take over human domains. AI can now beat humans at Go, write clickbait and screenplays, pick out targets in drone image data, and drive our cars. Most of these AI systems are neural networks, a type of computing architecture loosely modeled after the human brain. For now, each of these neural nets are compartmentalized and optimized for one particular task—the AI that can beat us at Go doesn’t know how to drive a…

Thousands of employees have signed a letter protesting Google’s role in a program that could be used to improve drone strike targeting. Original article at nytimes.com

When we think about artificial intelligence, we tend to think of the humanized representations of machine learning like Siri or Alexa, but the truth is that AI is all around us, mostly running as a background process. This slow creep of AI into everything from medicine to finance can be hard to appreciate if for no other reason than it looks a lot different than the AI dreamt up by Hollywood in films like Deus Ex Machina or Her. In fact, most ‘artificial intelligence’ today is quite stupid…

It’s almost 11pm in Australia, but Guy Pearce is full of energy. He’s talking about robots. The star of Memento and L.A. Confidential has just been in a film called Donny the Drone — a post-apocalyptic short in which an initially friendly-looking robot (voiced by Pearce) is given a humanitarian award View original article at Mashable

AT&T is hooking bridges up to the Internet of Things.  At CES, AT&T announced that it’s testing a new “structure monitoring solution,” a system of sensors to help cities, states, and private transportation companies monitor the stability of bridges, and alert officials if they become unsafe.  SEE ALSO: China’s futuristic cities may include supersonic trains and drone-powered ride-sharing The sensors can be applied to all bridges, from foot bridges to those that support roads and railways.  AT&T will announce customers over the next several months. Some cities and…