US Military Equipped With Tiny Spy Drones
ZDNet, February 4th, 2019
Light-Based Computers To Be 5,000 Times Faster
"The US Army aims to give almost all of its ground combat units tiny drones which can spy on other forces from the sky.
The contract awarded is worth $39.6 million and has enriched the coffers of FLIR Systems, an Oregon, US-based firm which develops thermal imaging, surveillance, and navigation technologies.
FLIR has been tasked with providing the military with Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS), which are drones small enough to sit in the palm of your hand..."
Networkworld, February 7th, 2019
Boston Dynamics, Maker Of Scary Fast Robots, Raises $37 Million From Uber's Biggest Shareholder
"New light absorption techniques in semiconductors get clock rates 5,000 times faster than current PCs. It's one more step towards an all-light computing environment...
Electrical currents are best created using semiconductor crystals that absorb light, say researchers who have announced a significant, potential computer-speed breakthrough. The team obtained ultrafast clock rates in the terahertz of frequencies, using light. That is significantly higher than existing single-gigahertz computer clock rates..."
CCN, February 6th, 2019
"The next 12 months might be the period when the dreaded 'robot apocalypse' swings into effect, as Japanese-based SoftBank, has reportedly invested an additional $37 million into next-generation robotics company Boston Dynamics.
Boston, which was founded in 1992 out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was acquired by SoftBank in July 2017 from Alphabet, the parent company of Google, in a $100 million transaction..."
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