Futurism |New Lie-Detecting Robot Security Agent Could Help Secure Borders

IN BRIEF AVATAR is a robot kiosk equipped with eye-detection software and motion and pressure sensors designed to identify signs of lying and discomfort in travelers. AVATAR could be used for law enforcement, job interviews, and other human resources applications as well, adding to the increased number of jobs being replaced by automation. AVATAR Meet…

Futurism |This ‘Flying Car’ Could Revolutionize Warfare

In Brief The Israeli ‘Air Mule’ is a flying car capable of carrying 500kg (1,102 lbs) at speeds up to 185 km/h (115 mph). The military vehilce uses internal rotors, as opposed to helicopter-like blades, making it easier to maneuver in an urban setting. The Air Mule is Coming Flying cars have long been a…

Futurism |Watch Tesla’s Autopilot Avoid a Major Accident With Just Seconds to Spare

In Brief Dashcam video shows Tesla’s new autopilot radar system correctly predicting a crash involving other cars—with only seconds to spare. The video is a dramatic proof that driverless technology is rapidly advancing, and that Level 5 autonomy is quickly approaching. Still, completely hands-free driving is not yet practical; driver attention is still needed, as…

Futurism |UberFreight is Taking on the Trucking Industry

In Brief UberFreight—the love child begotten by Uber’s acquisition of the self-driving truck startup Otto—has just unveiled a new website. Details are sparse, but it could mean autonomous freight delivery is not far off. Details about the new service are sparse, but it’s likely the plan is to use test runs of the technology to…

Futurism |Apple Opens Up: Read the Company’s First Paper on Artificial Intelligence

In Brief Apple researchers have released their first AI paper focusing on computer vision technology titled “Learning from Simulated and Unsupervised Images through Adversarial Training.” The paper describes how their program can identify and understand digital images by training computer vision algorithms to recognize synthetic images. Apple AI Apple may be keeping mum about its…

Futurism |Amazon Wants to Change How You Communicate With Your Technology

In Brief Amazon is wading into the voice-activated technology fray with its new “Alexa Fund.” It’s all about creating the successor to touch-based devices by accelerating the evolution of voice recognition and response technology. Intuitive Interaction Amazon has been serious about developing the future of interactive, speech-activated artificial intelligence (AI); their chatbot Alexa, which resides within the…