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An Electric Helicopter Arrives

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica

Martine Rothblatt is not your typical person. She is the founder of Sirius satellite radio and vehicle navigation company GeoStar. When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening form of pulmonary hypertension, Rothblatt formed United Therapeutics to market medication for others suffering from the same disease. Because pulmonary hypertension often requires a lung transplant, she next created a division of her drug company that focuses on developing artificial and transplant-able lungs from pig genetics.

But the helicopters that deliver those artificial lungs are loud and not particularly environmentally friendly, so Rothblatt decided it was time to invent the first full-size battery-powered electric helicopter to deliver the transplant-able organs more cleanly and quietly. Helicopters can burn 500 pounds of aviation fuel every hour, leaving a trail of carbon emissions in their wake. Continue reading An Electric Helicopter Arrives

5 White House Recommendations on Regulating AI

by Zayan Guedim, EDGYLABS

Last month, the Obama Administration issued a report outlining recommendations of how the U.S. Government should approach regulating Artificial Intelligence.

The report, entitled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence“, identifies the current state of AI development as well as the technology’s existing and potential applications. The report also questions what possible issues the progress of AI raises for society and public policy. Continue reading 5 White House Recommendations on Regulating AI

With Google Assistant & Google Home, Google seeks to win the hands-free generation of search

by Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land

Having won on desktop and mobile, Google now wants to succeed in an entire new area: hands-free search, especially within homes.

Google bucked the odds to win the first generation of internet search, on the desktop. It proved nimble to thrive in the transition to mobile search. Now it faces a third big generational change: hands-free search in the age of internet-connected devices. Enter Google Assistant and Google Home as how Google hopes to win.

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The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

by Matthew Rosenberg and John Markoff, The New York Times

The United States has put artificial intelligence at the center of its defense strategy, with weapons that can identify targets and make decisions.

The small drone, with its six whirring rotors, swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning for targets.

No humans were remotely piloting the drone, which was nothing more than a machine that could be bought on Amazon. But armed with advanced artificial intelligence software, it had been transformed into a robot that could find and identify the half-dozen men carrying replicas of AK-47s around the village and pretending to be insurgents.

As the drone descended slightly, a purple rectangle flickered on a video feed that was being relayed to engineers monitoring the test. The drone had locked onto a man obscured in the shadows, a display of hunting prowess that offered an eerie preview of how the Pentagon plans to transform warfare. Continue reading The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The Artificial Pancreas Is Here

by Ellen Sheng, Scientific American

Devices that autonomously regulate blood sugar levels are in the final stages before widespread availability

Type 1 diabetics, who do not produce the hormone insulin, must be vigilant about their blood glucose (sugar) levels. Chronic high blood sugar, which results from too little insulin, can lead to nerve and organ damage; low levels can cause seizures or death. The current gold standard in care involves a continuous glucose monitor (a sensor inserted under the skin), an insulin pump (a wearable device that can be programmed to release varying amounts of insulin), and a lot of trial-and-error work by the user—because the monitor and the pump don’t talk to each other.

Researchers have been working to make things easier for patients by integrating and automating the steps in the process. The end result—the artificial pancreas—is a system that can figure out how much insulin the body needs in near real time and then deliver that amount on its own. Continue reading The Artificial Pancreas Is Here