US Army trains StarCraft II AI; teaching drones to dodge thrown objects; and fighting climate change with machine learning

Drones that dodge, evade, and avoid objects – they’re closer than you think:

…Drones are an omni-use platform, and they’re about to get really smart…

The University of Maryland and the University of Zurich have taught drones how to dodge rapidly moving objects, taking a further step towards building semi-autonomous, adaptive small-scale aircraft. The research shows that drones equipped with a few basic sensors and some clever AI software can learn to dodge (and chase) a variety of objects. “To our knowledge, this is the first deep learning based solution to the problem of dynamic obstacle avoidance using event cameras on a quadrotor”, they write. Read More

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