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The Haidilao restaurant chain in China is the largest chain specializing in Szechuan-style hot pot cuisine. Teaming with Panasonic, Haidilao recently upgraded its restaurants with AI-driven robot kitchen assistants, cooks and food servers. Mobile robots teaming with humans serve customized dishes prepared according to customer preferences. The kitchen is driven with artificial intelligence (AI) in Haidilao's new “smart store” approach to doing business.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. This rule applies to pilots of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as pilots of traditional model RC aircraft flown at radio control club fields sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 25. The markings must be in place for any flight after that date. This new requirement will facilitate identification of drone pilots and their aircraft should the need arise.

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SAN DIEGO, CA, January 30, 2019 – Planck Aerosystems (Planck Aero) recently received authorization from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Air Traffic Control (ATC) to test the Shearwater sUAS in controlled airspace and at night. Planck’s Shearwater sUAS repeatedly preformed successful autonomous takeoffs and precision landings onto a moving, off-road ground vehicle with centimeter-level accuracy in complete darkness without the need for GPS or a pilot in the loop. Nighttime operations from moving vehicles represents a major step forward in the demonstrating the maturity of Planck’s vision-based navigation solution.

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The president’s executive order on AI, signed Monday February 11, is intended to preserve America’s technology leadership. It also asks for the development of regulatory standards to, among other things, preserve citizen privacy in the face of this technology, which standards don’t currently exist. Importantly, the order directs that the National Council for the American Worker and AI select committee set up "fellowship and training programs" to help U.S. workers learn the skills needed to work with and develop AI technologies. That is a key component.

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CB Insight’s recommended “most promising 100 AI startups working across the artificial intelligence value chain, from hardware and data infrastructure to industrial applications,” is a fascinating compilation. These companies are listed and linked to, here.

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