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The US Government Wants to Register Drones. Here's Why It Should.

November 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The drones are coming. Soon, they’re going to be delivering our packages, our medical supplies, taking our photos, walking our dogs, and potentially end up being as ubiquitous as the smartphone. And while all that is certainly exciting, it also creates a ton of regulatory concerns about integrating drones into...

New AI Robot ‘Darwin’ Figuring Out Life Just Like Us Humans

November 11, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are so many precious moments in a newborn’s life that parents love to capture on film: The first time their child sits up on her own, the first time she stands, her first cautious steps. Igor Mordatch, a robotics post-doctorate student at the University of California, Berkeley, has been...

Toyota Is Investing $1 Billion Into Artificial Intelligence Research

November 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What’s cooler than $50 million? $1 billion. Today (Nov. 6), Toyota announced that it’s setting up a new company, Toyota Research Institute, that will focus on research into artificial intelligence and robotics. The company plans on investing $1 billion into the research arm over the next five years. This news...

The Future of Drones? Apps

November 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Phones used to just call people. Then we put cameras and the internet in them, and a man in a mock turtleneck created one that revolutionized the way we communicate. You might be surprised to hear it, but we’re near a similar inflection point with drones. Right now, they’re seen...

Google Plans Drone Delivery Service by 2017

November 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow American airspace may soon be abuzz with drones from well-known internet brands. Today (Nov. 2), Google’s head of Project Wing—the company’s drone delivery research division—told a crowd at an air traffic control conference outside Washington that the company plans to have drones that can deliver packages in the air in...

The New Robot Teaching Kids How to Code

November 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Pretty much as with any other language, learning to code seems to get increasingly difficult the older you are—for every app or startup idea that you’ve had over the years that went unrealized, you may consider starting your children on coding earlier. A new game sets out to do just...

IBM’s Plans for the Weather Channel? Put Supercomputer Watson to Work

October 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow IBM’s Watson might soon be your new weatherman. The company’s deal, said to be worth $2 billion plus, to buy the digital and technology pieces of the Weather Company’s business—the company that runs the Weather Channel—marks IBM’s first consumer-facing purchase in years. And its big bets on the cloud and...

Google Wants to Make Sure You Never Lose Your Phone Again

October 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jumping out of a cab, heading out of the bar, walking out the front door—it happens to everyone. Losing or forgetting your phone can, at the very least, be an annoying hustle. But a new patent from Google wants to ensure you’re never without your phone again, as long as...

This Is the Best Way to Take a Selfie, According to Artificial Intelligence

October 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scientists are using machine learning to empower self-driving cars, autonomous robots, and even smarter Google searches. Now a computer has been tasked with an arguably grander task: figuring out how to take the perfect selfie. Researcher Andrej Karpathy, a PhD student at Stanford working in theComputer Vision Lab, trained a...

DARPA Wants to Make Self-destructing Delivery Drones

October 17, 2015 This message will self-destruct. Actually, it won’t, but if the Pentagon has its way, tomorrow’s drones will. On Friday, Oct. 9, the United States’ secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced it’s looking for proposals for drones that can fly once and disintegrate once they’d reached their destination. Unlike...