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From drones to thermal cameras, from specialty vehicles to the latest in robotics, old and new technologies are displayed at Warrior Expo West. On April 18 and 19, the San Diego Convention Center is once again the venue for this annual two-day exhibition of military gear and tactical demonstrations. Having hosted Warrior West and Warrior East for many years, ADS Inc. ADS Inc has fine-tuned these events to provide, ” All the Solutions, All in One Place” with over 300 exhibitors from the U.S. and partner countries. Warrior West, expected to draw over 3000 to the convention floor, attracts attendees from the US Military, first responders, law enforcement personnel and government employees at the federal, state and local level.

Hardware and software innovations developed by defense contractors frequently have applications in local law enforcement, where the dynamics of crowd control and narcotics investigations challenge agencies, notwithstanding traffic stops that are no longer routine. See and experience the emerging technologies, providing today’s personnel with the versatility and power needed to perform effectively. Discover the latest on the next generation of drone technology, including innovative solutions for powering drones while maintaining flight paths for these little workhorses that have enhanced the efficiency of the military, as well as law enforcement.

Denial of service attacks have emerged as a particular challenge for first responders, taking down mission critical websites, affecting thousands. In breakout educational sessions, participants learn firsthand how advanced communications and other technology are being used to boost cybersecurity.

A favorite of past Warrior expos are the dramatic live demonstrations where equipment and tactics come to life. As in years past, attendees can view live presentations, or participate in hands-on interaction with the newest technologies, gaining that insight needed before a purchase, evaluating the quality being claimed, determining the ease of use within the desired range.

Two days are a tight window; accordingly, ADS has carefully assembled a representative cross-section of technologies and companies without the redundancy often seen at lesser events, earning Warrior Expo the description ” The Premier Industry Event.”

Doing business for nearly 40 years, ADS, Inc, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia lies in close proximity to Naval Station Norfolk and Langley Air Force Base, providing equipment and services to the DoD, federal, state and local agencies.


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Mechanical servants have long captured people’s imaginations, but it was only in the 1960s that viable robots first debuted in factories. With continued improvements in the artificial intelligence behind such devices, it’s recently become possible to employ robots in the seemingly impervious field of customer service.

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The main drivers behind the recent phenomenon of customer service robots are software advances, stronger batteries, and cheap, more sophisticated sensing equipment. These robots often provide a touchscreen option, but natural language comprehension is a key element. The first try at programming a computer to understand natural human language was the STUDENT program created by Daniel Bobrow in 1964. Since then, steady improvements have culminated in software like Siri for the iPhone and Cortana for the Windows OS. What might come as a surprise is that different language comprehension programs are based on competing theories. Unlike understanding language, there isn’t much conflict in how to go about recognizing images. Convolutional neural networks, based on research stretching back to the 1950s into how animal vision systems operate, are used. Combined with digital cameras, this method lets robots add a personal touch to interactions with people by recognizing the faces of return customers.

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Genuinely autonomous service robots only began appearing in stores around 2014. Among the early arrivals was the OSHbot created by a partnership between Lowe’s Innovation Labs and Fellow Robots. This five-foot tall rectangular automaton features front and rear screens along with visual capabilities that allow it to see and identify objects presented by inquiring customers. It can understand questions in several languages and escort customers to the desired merchandise. Similar robots began work in Japan in 2015 performing tasks like checking in guests, showing them to their rooms, and carrying luggage at the Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki. The expansion of customer service robots is also becoming easier due to companies like Aldebaran Robotics in France that manufactures the Nao, Pepper, and Romeo robots primarily to perform these functions. The Nao robot, only 23 inches tall, made its debut at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in April, 2015. Its job consisted of providing directions to customers. Its larger sibling, the four-foot Pepper, which has been used as one of the most recent innovation initiatives for Westfield malls, relies on wheels for mobility, while the Nao is capable of bipedal walking. As well as understanding language, Pepper is able to recognize human facial expressions to enhance communications.


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A technology industry alliance devoted to making sure smart machines don’t turn against humanity says that Apple has signed on and will have a seat on the board.

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, IBM, and Google-owned British AI firm DeepMind last year established the non-profit organization, called “Partnership on AI,” which will have its inaugural board meeting in San Francisco on February 3.

Apple “has been involved and collaborating with the partnership since before it was first announced and is thrilled to formalize its membership,” the alliance said in an online post.

Major technology firms joined forces in the group, with stated aims including cooperation on “best practices” for AI and using the technology “to benefit people and society.”

Creation of the group came amid concerns that new artificial intelligence efforts could spin out of control and end up being detrimental to society.

The companies “will conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness, and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between people and AI systems; and the trustworthiness, reliability, and robustness of the technology,” according to a statement.

Internet giants have been investing heavily in creating software to help machines think more like people, ideally acting as virtual assistants who get to know users and perhaps even anticipate needs.

Source: American Foreign Press

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Humans have always been looking to the stars for the answers to life’s greatest questions. We’ve had dreams of leaving the planet behind and exploring the expanse of space at our leisure, but today’s technology makes space exploration a distinct possibility–we’ve already been to the moon, after all!

Before we explore the rest of the universe, humanity must first explore its own back yard. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is attempting to do just that with their up and coming UAE space mission aimed at learning more about the Red Planet. These five facts will tell the casual space-hobbyist all they need to know about these new and exciting times!

1. The UAE’s state of the art probe is named “Hope.” 
The Hope probe is an engineering feat: it’s the size of a small car and features enough solar panels to power a small army of laptops. The probe is equipped with a camera capable enough to take full-color, high-resolution photographs. It also has both infra-red and ultraviolet spectrometers, which will collect data which will help scientists on the project study Mar’s atmospheric changes and climate cycles.

2. The UAE is working directly with NASA on this groundbreaking project.
The United States’ NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) signed an umbrella agreement with the UAE that leaves opportunities for collaboration between the two organizations on future space exploration. NASA plans on sending humans to Mars sometime after 2030, and the data provided by the Hope probe is an important piece of the puzzle.

3. Hope is the first interplanetary spacecraft to be built by an Arab nation.
Hope represents a new scientific frontier for the UAE, who is a top country in the space industry. This project marks a new focus for the UAE, who wish to usher in a new age of peaceful collaboration with the goal of further establishing the space technology sector.

4. It launches in July of 2020 from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.
The trip to Mars will take approximately 200 days and Hope will be traveling a distance of more than 60 million kilometers. It will reach Mars in the first quarter of 2021–which is the 50th anniversary of the UAE’s founding. Perfect timing!

5. 1000 gigabytes of new information about Mars will be gathered and transmitted back to earth in the span of two years.
The information gathered by the UAC will be important for the entirety of the space technology sector, whether it’s studying why Mars’ atmosphere is disappearing into space or cementing the space technology sector’s new place as the fastest growing industry on the planet.

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If you have ever visited a shopping mall, you have more than likely shopped with Westfield. Westfield Corporation is a world leader in shopping center management. The company manages more than 30 malls and over 6,400 retail outlets. Since its launch, Westfield has enjoyed a significant amount of financial success and its malls and retailers have appreciated consistent traffic. With the ever increasing use of technology, online shopping is becoming a trend, and trips to the mall are becoming less frequent. Co-CEO of Westfield Corporation Steven Lowy says that while at first the increase of online shopping and the ever increasing availability of online retailers was initially seen as a threat to the existence of malls, the corporation now believes that technology can be used to enhance the shopping experience.

His brother, and fellow CEO, Peter Lowy believes that just as everything else adapts and changes with time, Westfield was due for a few improvements after 57 years as well. This is coming from a member of the company who was debating leaving the family business a few years ago.

When the corporation was founded it was to help make retail spaces more affordable for business owners. Because the price of a space and lot are rather expensive, retailers began to lease spaces in one shopping community, nearly cutting the price of renting or leasing in half. He believes that this same collective mindset can help create platform for a more innovative and tech savvy shopping experience with Westfield.

The company made a recent investment in the future of Westfield shopping centers in an attempt to stay current with today’s use of technology. Westfield Corporation was proud to introduce the new “Westfield Cloud” which he says the company invested thousands in for a step toward a more innovative shopping experience. The cloud was created with the belief that user data can help optimize the in store retail shopping experience, making it more personal and efficient. By paring aspects of the digital and physical shopping experience Lowy believes that retailers will be able to deliver a more personable shopping experience and better connect with their customers. This experience will in turn produce happier, more loyal customers who won’t mind the commute to the mall over the convenience of online shopping.

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Google showed off its master plan for a future built around artificial intelligence in May at the Google I/O conference. At the conference, CEO Sundar Pichai introduced a virtual helper that aims to make its search technology even more useful for you.

It’s a grand plan — in an interview in May, Pichai called it a “broad journey” — but we’ll have to wait a while longer until it comes into focus. Consumers won’t be able to even try out the Google assistant until the fall. That’s when the company will make available the first gadgets to have AI built-in: Google Home, a device like Amazon’s Echo speaker and smart home hub, and Allo, a messaging app.

“We are building the engine that will drive our future,” Pichai said Thursday on a conference call. “We are at a pivotal and transformational moment.”

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From PC Magazine:

Vivint is connecting its Sky smart home platform to the Amazon Echo, allowing customers to chat with the cloud-based Alexa.

Had a long day at the office? Simply say, “Alexa, tell Vivint I’m going to bed,” and the system will automatically turn off the lights, lock the doors, arm the security system, and turn down the thermostat.

“People have been dreaming of being able to say things to their house and have it obey for decades,” Charlie Kindel, director of Amazon Echo and Alexa, said in a statement. “Now that’s possible with Echo—just ask Alexa to turn up the heat, lock the doors, and more.”

Using Amazon Echo$179.99 at Amazon, you can find out whether doors are locked and the security system is enabled, turn on and dim the lights, and ask whether the garage door is shut. Connect the Echo to Vivint via the Alexa mobile app, then take control of your home using your voice, the SkyControl home panel, or Vivint’s app.

The smart home company also announced integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat, giving users even more ways to control the temperature. Current Nest owners can integrate with a Vivint smart home today; the thermostat will also be available nationwide as part of all Vivint Smart Home packages beginning this spring.

“We deliver a seamless integrated smart home, where the homeowner’s thermostat, door locks, video cameras, and security system all work together to make everyday life easier,” Vivint Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Warren said.

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Those who have reserved and are waiting for a Tesla Model X can pass the time with a new car customization dashboard.

As reported by Bloomberg, Signature reservation holders last night were allowed to start picking things like color, wheel size, and whether they wanted to spend an extra $10,000 on the Ludicrous Speed Upgrade

Tesla did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.

Tesla unveiled a prototype of the Model X, its third battery-powered vehicle, in early 2012, a crossover featuring “falcon wing” rear doors, three rows of seats, and ample storage space.

Described as a blending of SUV and minivan, the ModelF40 X requires a $5,000 down payment to reserve online. Those who have already ordered should get the vehicle this year, but new reservations will be filled in early 2016. The base price for the limited-edition Signature series is $132,000, before a federal tax credit and state or local incentives.

As Bloomberg reported, the Model X Signature edition sports a 90 kilowatt-per-hour battery and an estimated range of 240 miles per charge; it is compatible with Tesla’s expanding public Supercharger network.

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U.S. private employers maintained a solid pace of hiring in August despite recent global financial market turmoil, suggesting that labor market momentum likely remains strong enough for the Federal Reserve to consider an interest rate hike this year.

The ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday showed private payrolls increased 190,000 last month. While that was below economists’ expectations for a gain of 201,000 jobs, it was a step-up from the 177,000 positions created in July.

“Job growth remains strong and broad-based, except in the energy industry, which continues to shed jobs,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The ADP report, which is jointly developed with Moody’s Analytics, was published ahead of the government’s more comprehensive employment report to be released on Friday.

According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 220,000 jobs in August after rising 215,000 in July. There is, however, a risk of a weaker number as the first print of August payrolls has tended to be weaker in the last several years before being revised higher.

But some economists were encouraged by the ADP report, which showed job gains in all sectors, except in the energy industry.

“ADP does not show the same initial under-reporting bias in the initial release of the August data as payroll data from the (government) appear to display,” said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New York.

“This apparent consistent trend in ADP payroll gains would reassure us that the trend in employment was little changed in August in the event that payroll growth drops noticeably below 200,000 in Friday’s report.”

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The Apple Watch had an unusual launch: online only, and backordered by weeks (if not months) within minutes of midnight pre-orders kicking off. Today Apple announced, though, that its wearable will start showing up in Apple Stores two weeks from now.

That gives the Apple Watch a bigger presence in the US limelight right before Fathers’ Day, and also in advance of back-to-school shopping and the start of the pre-holiday shopping season. That late June release slot is also (roughly speaking) the same windows that the first four iPhones launched in.

Apple’s release did, however, mention that the Apple Store launch would only include “some models.”

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