According to federal accident records and internal papers acquired by Business Insider, Amazon drones have crashed eight times in 13 months. Last June, one of those drone accidents prevented an acres-wide brush fire from crashing to the ground after falling 160 feet. Last year, the business completed almost 2,300 drone test flights. According to Amazon, the incidents were not related to customer deliveries but rather to experimental test flights.
A robotics and automation firm sponsored by Walmart, the world’s largest merchant, is in negotiations to merge with a “blank cheque” firm set up by SoftBank, Japan’s largest technology company. Symbotic is in talks with SVF Investment Corp 3, a New York-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), regarding a deal that would value the combined corporation at around $4.5 billion (£3.3 billion). If the contract is made successfully, Walmart is likely to join other investors in the capital-raising portion of the deal known as the PIPE (private investment in public equity).
From detecting cats in images to piloting a self-driving car, neural networks can learn to handle a wide range of issues. But it’s still unclear if these sophisticated pattern-recognition algorithms comprehend the tasks they’re executing. For example, rather than learning to recognize lanes and focus on the road’s horizon, a neural network tasked with maintaining a self-driving car in its lane might learn to do so by studying the shrubs on the side of the road. MIT researchers have demonstrated that a certain sort of neural network may understand the true cause-and-effect structure of the navigation task it is being trained to execute.
During an Information Advantage (IA) Summit hosted by Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) here Sept. 20-21, senior military and civilian leaders from across the Army, Department of Defense, multinational and interagency partner forces gathered to discuss ideas, efforts, and criteria for facilitating Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) in the information dimension (ID). All appropriate COVID-19 health protection and safety criteria were followed during the Summit, both live and electronically.