A British Army Watchkeeper drone stalled itself and crashed into
the sea on a bad weather flight test, military investigators have said – though
most of the wreckage was never found.
aircraft, tail number WK042, fell from the sky in February 2017 while trialling
a new ice detection system. The drone was being flown from West Wales Airport,
formerly known as Aberporth Airfield, by 47 Regiment Royal Artillery.
the drone delivery company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, is launching its
first public drone delivery service in Canberra, Australia
after the country’s aviation authority granted it regulatory approval. Around
100 homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin will initially have
access to the service, but in the coming months the company plans to expand it
to homes in Harrison and Gungahlin.
service works by partnering with local businesses including coffee shops and
pharmacies to deliver their products “in minutes.” Wing’s regulatory approval
comes with restrictions. Drones will not be allowed to fly over main roads,
they will only be allowed to fly between 7am and 8pm on Monday to Friday (or
between 8am and 8pm on Sundays), and they will be restricted from flying too
close to people. Customers in eligible homes will also be given a safety
briefing about interacting with the drones.
The robots are coming for Walmart workers’ jobs, with the retail
giant saying it plans to add almost 4,000 robots to its stores and facilities
as it seeks to remove human workers from routine tasks like scrubbing
The company said the
plan is part of a goal to shift human workers to customer-service roles, such
as “engaging with customers,” according to a blog post. The new
robots include the “Auto-C,” which polishes floors, and the FAST
Unloader, which scans and sorts items unloaded from delivery trucks.
The investment in
automation comes as the retail giant has pledged to boost worker wages,
pledging $2.7 billion over two years to boost pay as well as training and
education. Robots, while requiring an initial investment, promise lower labor
costs because they don’t require benefits, while they can often perform the
same job in much less time than a human worker. Walmart said the Auto-C will
replace a store worker who typically spent two hours polishing floors with a
Last year, a
self-driven car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The woman’s
family is now suing Arizona and the city of Tempe for negligence. But, in an
article published on April 5 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences,
cognitive and computer scientists ask at what point people will begin to hold
self-driven vehicles or other robots responsible for their own actions—and
whether blaming them for wrongdoing will be justified.
“We’re on the
verge of a technological and social revolution in which autonomous
machines will replace humans in the workplace, on the roads,
and in our homes,” says Yochanan Bigman of the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill. “When these robots inevitably do something to harm
humans, how will people react? We need to figure this out now, while
regulations and laws are still being formed.”
of the 1950s and ’60s predicted that by the 2000s, flying cars and airborne robots would be a part of our everyday
lives. Instead, we live in a world dominated by live streaming, smartphones and
those forecasters didn’t quite get the timing right, they got the technology
right. Today, we are at the brink of another technological boom. This time,
technologies like self-driving vehicles and robot assistants are under
development. Soon, these and the other exciting technologies described
below will go mainstream, changing the world in the process.
A high school robotics team from Minnesota built its greatest
creation yet, one that has changed a 2-year-old boy’s life. Farmington Public
Schools’ “Rogue Robotics Team” made an electric wheelchair for a
toddler named Cillian Jackson. Cillian has a rare genetic condition that
affects his mobility. Similar chairs can cost up to $20,000 and his parents’ insurance
didn’t cover it.
So the family reached out to the Rogue Robotics Team.
The group of high school students received help from the University of
Delaware’s GoBabyGo program, which creates custom
vehicles for children with limited mobility. GoBabyGo can create a mobility
device that looks like a race car or a Disney princess-mobile.