16 Jan 2019

The Transportation Department is Funding Autonomous Drones

The Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is seeking vendors to develop A.I. tools for autonomous drones. It is also seeking to expand its understanding of ways in which autonomous vehicles could be hacked or manipulated by malicious actors. The solicitation is open only to vendors situated within

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15 Jan 2019

How AI Will Find You In the Crowd, Without Facial Recognition

While facial recognition has received most of the attention when it comes to artificial intelligence and tracking humans through advanced technology, it is not the only technology for the job. In fact, it is often not the best technology for the job as it relies on access to facial features

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07 Jan 2019

An estimated 50,000 joined France’s first yellow vest protest of 2019

“French security forces fired tear gas and flash-balls after a march through picturesque central Paris went from peaceful to provocative Saturday as several thousand protesters staged the yellow vest movement’s first action of 2019 to keep up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron. It was the first such attack on government

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07 Jan 2019

U.S. sends troops in response to possible “violent” demonstrations in DR Congo

“President Trump announced Friday evening that U.S. troops had been sent to Gabon to protect U.S. assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is awaiting the first results of its presidential election.  Mr. Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday that around 80 personnel had

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02 Jan 2019

Sharp rise in air crash deaths in 2018

“Last year saw a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017 but 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, figures show. Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports. Last year’s worst civilian accident was

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31 Dec 2018

2018 Results: Dedrone UK Airport Counter-Drone Study

Dedrone, an airspace security company, conducted a study at four UK airports tracking drone activity in 2018. With 285 drones detected over a 148-day period (just under 2 per day), the study concluding with three key learnings and next steps: “1. the problem of unauthorized drones at airports is real,

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28 Dec 2018

Are robot swarms the future of destroying sea mines?

There are an estimated 80,000 sea mines in the Baltic, according to NATO estimates, and they remain a problem elsewhere around the world. New partnerships exploring the potential for underwater drones swarms in detecting and eliminating these high-risk mines are emerging as technology in the areas improves. “On Dec. 21,

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28 Dec 2018

New drone-hunting tech to roll out at major Australian airports

“New technology will be used to thwart drone attacks at Australia’s major airports as the aviation industry beefs up its fight against the increasing possibility that remote-controlled aircraft could bring down passenger planes. Peter Gibson of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said drones that breach 5½-kilometre exclusion zones around airports

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28 Dec 2018

Russian Men Still Banned as Martial Law Expires in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Poroshenko announced the end of martial law across its 10 border regions with Russia, but announced that Russian men of combat age (16-60) would continue to be banned from entering the country for an unspecified amount of time. The ban has been in effect since November 30 and

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26 Dec 2018

China’s advances in Arctic may pose security threat to Canada

The arctic is becoming increasingly militarized as countries, including China, jostle for positions and to protect trading lanes and claims of different sorts. And while Canada has downplayed threats from China, it has complained about Chinese disregard for international rules and voiced concerns that China will repeat escalatory tactics in

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