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Frank Tobe of TheRobotReport.com has produced another fascinating report on the latest robotics shows, worldwide, and he’s got insights, photos and more, that you don’t want to miss! Check out Frank’s take on “Xponential, the mostly defense-related unmanned land, sea and air show, held in Dallas; Innorobo, focused on service robotics, in Paris; and ICRA, the IEEE's premier robotics conference, in Singapore.”

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One of the leading bloggers on the future of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) whom we have looked to for some years for insight and education, is “Socrates” (aka Nikola Danaylov). Nikola Danaylov has interviewed AI scholars, researchers and entrepreneurs worldwide on his long-running and highly respected webcast, Singularity.FM. We now have a treat as Turkish website Her-An turns the tables and interviews Socrates on the deepest questions of AI and the Singularity.

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Tom Green, who blogs on Asian Robotics Review (ARR), a great site that offers top-shelf journalism on AI, humanoids and the future of all types of robotics in Asia, has opened up a new online program called Great Ideas in Robotics. In his first show, Tom interviews David Hanson of Hanson Robotics, and reveals, in an industry scoop, that Hanson Robotics and Walt Disney are collaborating on a new project that will bring humanoid robots into the home – in a couple of size categories!

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TheDrive.com reports that Nvidia is experimenting with navigation technology based on artificial intelligence (AI) coupled with GoPro cameras in a package that provides autonomous flight capability for drones that is not GPS based. GoPro cameras feed visual information to Nvidia’s Jetson TX1 machine learning module. That module learns about and maps the environment.

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The latest engines used in the most sophisticated RC aircraft on the planet were out in force at the recent Xponential 2017 national conference, held May 8-11 by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX.

The unmanned flying machines these power are used by the military, for traffic control, in support of agriculture and mining, for infrastructure inspection, by cruise ships and in a variety of additional industries.  Although electric flight rules in the hobby world, the engines shown here power larger, very sophisticated aircraft that must stay aloft for longer periods.

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