Skydio’s New Drone Is Smaller, Even Smarter, and (Almost) Affordable

When Skydio announced the R1 in early 2018, it was one of the most incredible drones we’d ever seen. It’s been a year and a half, and in the fast-paced world of drones, the Skydio R1 is somehow still, by a huge margin, the most intelligent and capable drone in existence, offering a level of autonomy that would be impressive even if it was a one-off research project, which it wasn’t, because you could buy one for US $2,500. The R1, though, was really not intended to be a consumer drone in the sense that it wasn’t a direct competitor to the likes of DJI, which has overwhelmingly dominated the consumer drone space since the early days of consumer drones. Rather, the R1 was meant to demonstrate exactly what Skydio was capable of, offering the chosen few who could justify paying for one a magical experience that couldn’t be found anywhere Continue reading Skydio’s New Drone Is Smaller, Even Smarter, and (Almost) Affordable

AI Faces Speed Bumps and Potholes on Its Road From the Research Lab to Everyday Use

Implementing machine learning in the real world isn’t easy. The tools are available and the road is well-marked—but the speed bumps are many. That was the conclusion of panelists wrapping up a day of discussions at the IEEE AI Symposium 2019, held at Cisco’s San Jose, Calif., campus last week. The toughest problem, says Ben Irving, senior manager of Cisco’s strategy innovations group, is people. It’s tough to find data scientist expertise, he indicated, so companies are looking into non-traditional sources of personnel, like political science. “There are some untapped areas with a lot of untapped data science expertise,” Irving says. Lazard’s artificial intelligence manager Trevor Mottl agreed that would-be data scientists don’t need formal training or experience to break into the field. “This field is changing really rapidly,” he says. “There are new language models coming out every month, and new tools, so [anyone should] expect to not know everything. Experiment, Continue reading AI Faces Speed Bumps and Potholes on Its Road From the Research Lab to Everyday Use