ADN Issue 14, July 2015


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    Should a Driverless Car Decide Who Lives or Dies?
    Keith Naughton
    Bloomberg Business, June 25, 2015

    The gearheads in Detroit, Tokyo and Stuttgart have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Even the Google guys seem to have solved the riddle. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident.

    The industry is promising a glittering future of autonomous vehicles moving in harmony like schools of fish. That can’t happen, however, until carmakers answer the kinds of thorny philosophical questions explored in science fiction since Isaac Asimov wrote his robot series last century. For example, should an autonomous vehicle sacrifice its occupant by swerving off a cliff to avoid killing a school bus full of children?

    Tags: Automotive, Robotics, Autonomous Car, Security,
    Data link lets even small UAVs serve as secure comm nodes
    Kevin McCaney
    Defense Systems, July 01, 2015

    The Marine Corps has tested expanding its battlefield communications with a small, lightweight device that fits onto an unmanned RQ-11 Raven’s nose and extends secure communications well beyond line of sight for Marines in the field.

    The Small Secure Data Link (SSDL), made by Harris Corp., is a wideband networking radio that, during the tests earlier this year during the Marines’ Talon Reach exercises in California, acted as a replay node for soldiers down to the squad level, according to an announcement from the company. And at 25 cubic centimeters (3 inches by 5.3 inches by 1.6 inches) and a weight of 18 ounces, it’s the smallest, lightest and lowest-power VHF/UHF software-defined radio certified for Secret and lower classifications.

    Tags: Robotics, Drones, Software-Defined Radio, Defense, Military,
    DARPA’s digital co-pilot will “transform” pilots
    CBS News, July 2, 2015

    Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) is an advanced form of autopilot that can adapt and respond to changing situations. Essentially it’s a digital co-pilot.

    Helicopter maker Sikorsky’s chief autonomy engineer Igor Cherepinsky said it won’t put pilots out of business, but it will “transform” them.

    That’s different from drones, which essentially move pilots to the ground — this technology keeps people in the air. Cherepinsky compared it to driverless cars, predicting that, one day, there might not be anyone sitting in the cockpit during flight.

    Tags: Aviation, Robotics, Autonomous Car,
    Altera FPGAs Enable Big Data Storage Security with Advanced Encryption Standard Rates of an Unprecedented 100-Gbps, Full Duplex
    Karin Taylor
    Altera, June 29, 2015

    Altera Corporation today announced that network security pioneer Secturion Systems, Inc., has chosen Arria® 10 FPGAs for its DarkStor™ secure network storage appliance product lines.

    The DarkStor secure network storage appliance is capable of meeting the rigorous requirements for storing, retrieving and communicating secure data in high-bandwidth network and storage applications and is implemented using Altera’s family of high-performance 20 nm Arria 10 FPGAs. It features storage network packet processors, key handling and XTS-AES-256 encryption rates of 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps “full duplex” using unique patent-pending, systolic matrix architectures suitable for big data storage and IP network applications. In addition, the appliance features multi-tenancy and multiple independent levels of security features that eliminate the need for separate storage areas for each customer or each data type, improving security and saving on infrastructure costs.

    Tags: BigData, Encryption, FPGA, Networks,
    Mission to the moon: AUDI AG supports the German Team at Google Lunar XPRIZE
    Audi USA, June 25, 2015

    The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE is a competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth.

    The lunar vehicle with the Audi lunar quattro should launch into space in 2017 on board a launching rocket and will travel more than 380,000 kilometers to the moon. The trip will take about five days. The target landing area is north of the moon’s equator, near the 1972 landing site of the Apollo 17, NASA’s last manned mission to the moon. Temperatures fluctuate here by up to 300 degrees Celsius.

    Tags: Autonomous Car, Robotics, Space,
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