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Episode 102 – Drone-Killing Drones and People-Saving Drones

Topic 1: Drone-Killing Drones

Great video from “Drone Hunter.” AI Powered Drone captures and eliminates drones over no-fly zones, concerts, football games, public addresses by politicians, etc. Karl notes that we hope California deploys these to take down drones flying around forest fires, endangering the pilots trying to fight fires.

Video here . . . scroll down a bit:

https://fortemtech.com/products/dronehunter/

Topic 2: Robots save people from drowning

One bot featured in this story. But toward the end you see there are several competitors. Who knew this is a market with growing competition? And that led us to look at robots that don’t save people: They fight!

Related Links:

https://newatlas.com/robotics/underwater-lifeguard-robot/

https://boingboing.net/2021/02/25/artists-outfitted-robot-dog-spot-with-a-paintball-gun-in-commentary-on-futuristic-killer-robots-just-as-nydp-deploys-the-same-robot.html

Topic 3: Microsoft Stumbles on the Vaccine Software Front

Several companies, including Microsoft, have failed to create great, rock-solid software to track vaccines. We wonder how this task is so complicated that the most successful software companies in the world can’t solve it.

Related Links:

Microsoft getting a black eye: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-28/microsoft-says-vaccine-tools-have-fallen-short-after-dc-snags

Using technology without the data: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/02/technology/college-coronavirus-tests.html

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