The clash between manned vs. unmanned submersibles

A guy in a submarine

Since the beginnings of military and scientific exploration of the deep sea in the 1960s, ocean experts have been divided between two visions.

With emerging technologies like remote-controlled or autonomous underwater vehicles, one side of sea specialists has sought to promote unmanned exploration to carry more precise and less dangerous…

Should we consider Predator MQ-1's remote crew “heroes”?

A military plane

Picture military pilots controlling their drones from a distance, dodging enemy fire, and aiming at ground targets.

Are these pilots more heroic than pilots risking their lives in direct combat?

This is the dilemma faced by operators of the MQ-1 Predator. Widely used since the 1990s by the U.S. Air…

Human and machine abilities are not always opposite

2 pilots flying an airplane

While autonomous landing in aircraft has greatly improved since the 1960s, pilots still use manual controls to land their aircraft. How is that?

It all comes from one invention: head-up displays (HUD). By displaying data within the pilots’ vision, these interfaces put control back in the hands of humans. …

Robot-human interaction in times of distress

A modern drone flying

In times of disaster, we wish we could only rely on human ingenuity. Yet, robots can help in ways humans cannot.

Whether it’s mapping the field, finding, communicating with, or reassuring survivors, engineers have shown great imagination in designing versatile robots.

While these solutions are effective in managing rescue missions…

Automating whole business workflows

A robot in an office room

We often talk about automating manual tasks, but less about automating office work. Yet, knowledge workers face as many repetitive and tiring tasks as factory workers.

Robotic process automation (RPA) are technologies that automate these dull corporate work processes, such as making a transaction, answering an email, or processing an…

The power of contextual targets, autonomous drones, and Big Data

A soldier checking computers

AI has tremendous economic opportunities, but its impact is not limited to the private sector. As countries such as Russia, China or the United States heralds AI as an urgent priority, a race is on among national intelligence services to lead these innovations.

According to Brigadier General Y.S., Big Data…

Fusing human and machine into one body.

As machine-learning and neural network technologies are making progress towards general AI, roboticists like Rodney Brook or Andy Clark are increasingly promoting the idea of embodied cognition.

They argue that AI devices would need a body structure to collect feedbacks about themselves, to interact with each other, and therefore become…

A history of user interfaces in space

An American spacecraft

Since the creation of NASA in 1958, American spacecraft designers have all faced the face dilemma : should we add more automatic controls to improve reliability ; or more human controls to keep astronauts in the loop ?

Through Mercury, Gemini or Apollo, NASA engineers have overcome this conundrum by…

Jean-marc Buchert

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