AIs Will Race Drones Against Each Other, Then Try to Top Humanity

The Drone Racing League (DRL) has been publicly racing drones since 2016, hoping to take the sport mainstream. After some success with human pilots, the league is expanding into autonomous drone races in which the drones navigate through courses solely with AI and no human pilot. Teams will be invited to compete for a variety…

Sony’s Adorable Robot Dog Is Back—And Expensive

One of the most famous commercial robotic companions of all time, Sony’s robotic Aibo dog, is getting an expensive comeback. But before dusting off the dog collar, make sure to check the price tag on that robotic doggy in the window, the one with the mechanical tail: $2,899. The new Aibo, which has been selling…

How do I get the best from Alexa?

Smart speakers are taking over British homes. A recent YouGov survey found the number had doubled in three months, with around 10% of Brits owning one – and that 75% of these were Amazon Echo devices. The overwhelming majority are used for basic tasks like playing music and answering general knowledge questions – but with…

More people insure their pets than themselves

Only 15% receive legal advice as an employee benefit, survey finds Research by Epoq Legal has found that 32% of those surveyed had pet insurance, compared to 25% with some form of income protection. The survey of 1,234 UK employees found that 23% have paid for pet insurance themselves, with 8% receiving it as an…