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11 Problems with Drone Registration
By Jonathan Rupprecht · 19 October, 2015 • The US government will soon require tech enthusiasts to register their drones with the Department of Transportation to crack down on reckless flying. The goal is to have the program in place by Christmas 2015, but there are many obstacles in the way.
Are We Overhyping Tesla Autopilot?
By Brad Templeton · 15 October, 2015 • Brad Templeton says Tesla's Autopilot, and similar systems, might not be that exciting, serving as a stepping stone products to something that will truly change the world.
Why Self-Driving Cars Should Never be Fully Autonomous
By MIT News · 13 October, 2015 • MIT professor and historian David Mindell predicts fully driverless cars will not be the most successful version of autonomous vehicles, for both technical and social reasons. Here's why he says Google’s utopian autonomy is a more brittle, less functional solution than a rich, human-centered automation.
2 Easy Ways the FAA Can Promote Drone Safety
By Jonathan Rupprecht · 9 October, 2015 • The FAA's message on drone safety has been inconsistent over the years. Here are two quick things it could do to properly promote drone safety.
5 Questions About AI With Stephen Hawking
By Steve Crowe · 8 October, 2015 • Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking held a Reddit AMA about artificial intelligence. It was the third largest AMA in Reddit history with more than 9,000 comments.
Do We Really Need a Robot That Doubles as a Smartphone?
By Steve Crowe · 6 October, 2015 • RoboHon is a bi-pedal robot that doubles as a smartphone that can read text messages, walk, talk, dance, and be your personal assistant. But is it practical?
Could a Volkswagen-Like Scandal Happen to Self-Driving Cars?
By Brad Templeton · 6 October, 2015 • It’s not too surprising companies might cheat to improve the bottom line, especially when they convince themselves they won’t get caught. What does the recent Volkswagen scandal mean for self-driving cars? Brad Templeton explains.
8 Reasons Self-Driving Cars Are a Cyclist’s Best Friend
By Steve Crowe · 2 October, 2015 • Most drivers are in such a hurry they don't pay any attention to the most exposed commuters on city streets: cyclists. Here's why cyclists are better off in a world without human drivers.
4 Challenges Holding Back Swarm Robotics
By Jason Ernst · 28 September, 2015 • The main factors holding back swarming robotics are the stigma of widespread robots, the lack of reliable communications, readily available distributed algorithms, and the cost of individual robots. However, these are quickly changing and the concerns can be mitigated by designing safeguards into these complex systems.
A Look Back: Major Changes in Robotics Since 2007
By Emmet Cole · 23 September, 2015 • As Robotiq prepares for RoboBusiness 2015, it's a good time to consider some of the major changes in the world of robotics since 2007, the year it first attended RoboBusiness.
Chris Anderson’s Plan to Save the Drone Industry
By Steve Crowe · 16 September, 2015 • Chris Anderson, co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics, says drones can be smarter, thanks to the cloud, and can self-regulate the skies.
LIDAR Hacks Fairly Unlikely Attacks on Self-Driving Cars
By Brad Templeton · 14 September, 2015 • To attack a self-driving car's LIDAR system, the hacker needs to physically be near the car and a solid object needs to be in front of the car. As Brad Templeton explains, other sensors in self-driving cars can more easily be compromised.
Chris Anderson: Drone “Jackassery” Must Stop
By Steve Crowe · 8 September, 2015 • Chris Anderson, co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics, says the recent rise in reckless drone flying is "bad and it's going to get worse. And if we don't do something about it, no one's been killed yet, but someone's going to do something really stupid."
Rodney Brooks: AI Systems “Very Narrow Tools”
By Steve Crowe · 4 September, 2015 • Rodney Brooks, co-founder of iRobot and founder, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics, says AI systems "don't have the intentionality, really, even of an insect, let a lone a small mammal. People hear AI and they think they're these smart machines with wants and desires and capabilities. They don't have any of that. I wish they did, but that's not what we've been able to do in the last, really, 55 years of AI research."
You Should Be More Scared of Smartphones Than Robots
By Steve Crowe · 3 September, 2015 • Gill Pratt, one of the top roboticists in the world, says people should not fear robots because they have legs. He says you should be more worried about all the data you carry around on your cellphone, and who has access to it.

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