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