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Drone Revolution | Blog | Bridged.co

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… Oh, wait it’s a Drone!

Also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), drones have no human pilot onboard and are controlled by either a person with a remote control/smartphone on the ground or autonomously via a computer program.

These devices are already popular in various industries like Defense, Film making and Photography and are gaining popularity in fields like Farming, Atmospheric research, and Disaster relief. But even after so much innovation and experimentation, we have not explored the full capacity of data gained from drones.

We at Bridged AI are aware of this fact and are contributing to this revolution by helping the drone companies in perfecting their models by providing them with curated training data.

Impact of Drones

Drones inspecting power lines

Drones are being used by companies like GE to inspect their infrastructure, including power lines and pipelines. They can be used by companies and service organizations to provide instant surveillance in multiple locations instantly.

Surveillance by drones

They can be used for tasks like patrolling borders, tracking storms, and monitoring security. Drones are already being used by some defense services.

Border patrolling
Drones surveying farms

In agriculture, drones are used by farmers to analyze their farms for keeping a check on yield, unwanted plants or any other significant changes the crops go through.

Drones at their best

Drones can only unlock their full potential when they are at a high degree of automation. Some sectors in which drones are being used in combination with artificial intelligence are:

Image Recognition

Drones can only unlock their full potential when they are at a high degree of automation. Some sectors in which drones are being used in combination with artificial intelligence are:

Image Recognition

Drones use sensors such as electro-optical, stereo-optical, and LiDAR to perceive and absorb the environment or objects in some way.

Computer Vision

Computer Vision is concerned with the automatic extraction, analysis, and understanding of useful information from one or more drone images.

Deep Learning

Deep learning is a specialized method of information processing and a subset of machine learning that uses neural networks and huge amounts of data for decision-making.

DJI’s Drone

Drones with Artificial Intelligence

The term Artificial intelligence is now routinely used in the Drone industry.

The goal of drones and artificial intelligence is to make efficient use of large data sets as automated and seamless as possible.

A large amount of data nowadays is collected by drones in different forms.

This amount of data is very difficult to handle, and proper tools and techniques are required to turn the data to a usable form.

Combination of drones with AI has turned out to be very astounding and indispensable.

AI describes the capability of machines that can perform sophisticated tasks which have characteristics of human intelligence and includes things like reasoning, problem-solving, planning and learning.

Future with Drones and AI

In just a few years, drones have influenced and redefined a variety of industries.

When on the one hand the business tycoons believe that automated drones are the future, on the other hand, many people are threatened by the possibility of this technology becoming wayward. This belief is inspired by many sci-fi movies like The Terminator, Blade Runner and recently Avengers: The Age of Ultron.

What happens when a robot develops a brain of its own? What happens if they realize their ascendancy? What happens if they start thinking of humans as an inferior race? What if they take up arms?!

“We do not have long to act,” Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and 114 other specialists wrote. “Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.”

Having said that, it is the inherent nature of humans to explore and invent. The possibilities that AI-powered drones bring along are too charming and exciting to let go.

At Bridged AI we are not only working on the goal of utilising AI-powered drone data but also helping other AI companies by creating curated data sets to train machine learning algorithms for various purposes — Self-driving Cars, Facial Recognition, Agri-tech, Chatbots, Customer Service bots, Virtual Assistants, NLP and more.

Development of artificial intelligence - a brief history | Blog | Bridged.co

The Three Laws of Robotics — Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D.
1. First Law — A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. Second Law — A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. Third Law — A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Ever since Isaac Asimov penned down these fictional rules governing the behavior of intelligent robots — in 1942 — humanity has become fixated with the idea of making intelligent machines. After British mathematician Alan Turing devised the Turing Test as a benchmark for machines to be considered sufficiently smart, the term artificial intelligence was coined in 1956 at a summer conference in Dartmouth University, USA for the first time. Prominent scientists and researchers debated the best approaches to creating AI, favoring one that begins by teaching a computer the rules governing human behavior — using reason and logic to process available information.

There was plenty of hype and excitement about AI and several countries started funding research as well. Two decades in, the progress made did not deliver on the initial enthusiasm or have a major real-world implementation. Millions had been spent with nothing to show for it, and the promise of AI failed to become anything more substantial than programs learning to play chess and checkers. Funding for AI research was cut down heavily, and we had what was called an AI Winter which stalled further breakthroughs for several years.

Gary Kasparov vs IBM Deep blue | Blog | Bridged.co

Programmers then focused on smaller specialized tasks for AI to learn to solve. The reduced scale of ambition brought success back to the field. Researchers stopped trying to build artificial general intelligence that would implement human learning techniques and focused on solving particular problems. In 1997, for example, IBM supercomputer Deep Blue played and won against the then world chess champion Gary Kasparov. The achievement was still met with caution, as it showcased success only in a highly specialized problem with clear rules using more or less just a smart search algorithm.

The turn of the century changed the AI status quo for the better. A fundamental shift in approach was brought in that moved away from pre-programming a computer with rules of intelligent behavior, to training a computer to recognize patterns and relationships in data — machine learning. Taking inspiration from the latest research in human cognition and functioning of the brain, neural network algorithms were developed which used several ‘nodes’ that process information similar to how neurons do. These networks have multiple layers of nodes (deep nodes and surface nodes) for different complexities, hence the term deep learning.

Representation of neural networks | Blog | Bridged.co

Different types of machine learning approaches were developed at this time:

Supervised Learning uses training data which is correctly labeled to teach relationships between given input variables and the preferred output.

Unsupervised Learning doesn’t have a training data set but can be used to detect repetitive patterns and styles.

Reinforcement Learning encourages trial-and-error learning by rewarding and punishing respectively for preferred and undesired results.

Along with better-written algorithms, several other factors helped accelerate progress:

Exponential improvements in computing capability with the development of Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) and Tensor Processing Units have reduced training times and enabled implementation of more complex algorithms.

Data repositories for AI systems | Blog | Bridged.co

The availability of massive amounts of data today has also contributed to sharpening machine learning algorithms. The first significant phase of data creation happened with the spread of the internet, with large scale creation of documents and transactions. The next big leap was with the universal adoption of smartphones generating tons of disorganized data — images, music, videos, and docs. We have another phase of data explosion today with cloud networks and smart devices constantly collecting and storing digital information. With so much data available to train neural networks on potential scores of use-cases, significant milestones can be surpassed, and we are now witnessing the result of decades of optimistic strides.

  • Google has built autonomous cars.
  • Microsoft used machine learning to capture human movement in the development of Kinect for Xbox 360.
  • IBM’s Watson defeated previous winners on the television show Jeopardy! where contestants need to come up with general knowledge questions based on given clues.
  • Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Voice Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana, etc. are well-equipped conversational AI assistants that process language and perform tasks based on voice commands.
Developments in AI | Blog | Bridged.co
  • AI is becoming capable of learning from scratch the best strategies and gameplay to defeat human players in multiple games — Chinese board game Go by Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo, computer game DotA 2 by OpenAI are two prolific instances.
  • Alibaba language processing AI outscored top contestants in a reading and comprehension test conducted by Stanford University.
  • And most recently, Google Duplex has learned to use human-sounding speech almost flawlessly to make appointments over the phone for the user.
  • We have even created a Chatbot (called Eugene Goostman) that passed the Turing Test, 64 years after it was first proposed.

All the above examples are path-breaking in each field, but they also show the kind of specialized results that we have managed to attain. In addition, such achievements were realized only by organizations which have access to the best resources — finance, talent, hardware, and data. Building a humanoid bot which can be taught any task using a general artificial intelligence algorithm is still some distance away, but we are taking the right steps in that direction.

Bridged's service offerings | Blog | Bridged.co

Bridged is helping companies realize their dream of developing AI bots and apps by taking care of their training data requirements. We create curated data sets to train machine learning algorithms for various purposes — Self-driving Cars, Facial Recognition, Agri-tech, Chatbots, Customer Service bots, Virtual Assistants, NLP and more.