Four Weekly Tech Newsletter – May 30

A round up of the latest tech stories, curated for you weekly, by Four.

Lead articles from May 30

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Travel is coming back and AI may be planning your next flight

There are dozens of routes that Alaska Airlines Flight 1405 can take from Oklahoma City to Seattle, and dispatcher Brad Ward zeroed in on what he thought was the best one, taking into account weather, wind speeds, and other air traffic. But his new colleague at the Alaska Airlines operations center had other thoughts.

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Artificial Intelligence on the Edge

When we allow ourselves to be drawn into the world of science fiction, the concept of AI and ML conjures up visions of Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus battling the machine in the Matrix films. However, in real life, AI/ML helps developers create better and lower-cost IoT end nodes that will benefit an ecosystem where their products exist.

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Autonomous sail drones - the newest weapon for fighting climate change

Saildrone has deployed over 100 AI-equipped drone sail boats to monitor ocean and weather data, count fish populations and map the ocean floor. Drones aren’t just flying through the air — they’re also sailing the Pacific Ocean as the newest scientific weapon to combat climate change. The hope is that the autonomous Saildrones will measure the changes happening right now on our planet.

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Quantum computing: breaking into real-world biz, but not yet in Cryptography

D-Wave Systems believes its application of quantum computing is ready for mainstream deployment, where it already is addressing real-world business challenges, but use of the technology in cracking cryptography is still some years away. Quantum computing is ready for mainstream deployment, where it already is being tapped to resolve real-world business challenges. Use of the technology to crack cryptography and encryption codes has some way to go.

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AI used by Royal Navy for the first time at sea

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been used by the Royal Navy at sea for the first time – testing against supersonic missile threats. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the trial is part of Nato’s Exercise Formidable Shield, which is currently taking place off the coast of Scotland until June 3. The research is being led by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) scientists – with the AI being tested on destroyer HMS Dragon and frigate HMS Lancaster.

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How do we decide whether or not to trust AI systems?

This is the question that a new draft publication from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) poses, with the goal of stimulating a discussion about how humans trust AI systems. The report contributes to the broader effort to help advance trustworthy AI systems. The focus of this latest publication is to understand how humans experience trust as they use or are affected by AI systems.