Shield AI, a San Diego primarily based startup that develops expertise to save lots of lives with artificially clever programs, has raised $10.5M in a Series A spherical led by Andreesen Horowitz. The funding might be used to speed up the event and deployment of artificially clever merchandise that may shield service members and harmless civilians on the battlefield.
Peter Levine, normal companion at Andreesen Horowitz, has been appointed to Shield’s Board of Directors. Other main enterprise buyers in Shield AI embrace Homebrew, Bloomberg Beta, and Founder Collective.
Shield is constructing an artificially clever drone that locates individuals and potential threats inside buildings with out a distant pilot. Co-founder Brandon Tseng says that “When deployed, Shield AI drones will be the first example of service members using artificial intelligence on the battlefield to gather real-time information that saves lives and will provide immediate protection to US ground forces and innocent civilians caught in conflict.”
The firm grew out of Tseng’s experiences serving in fight in Afghanistan. Tseng says “sometimes tragic things happen when good information is lacking on the battlefield.” Tseng teamed up along with his older brother Ryan (CEO) and Andrew Reiter (CTO) in July 2015 to discovered Shield. “When Brandon shared his stories of loss, and inspiring vision of artificially intelligent machines that would save lives, Andrew and I left our jobs to join Brandon and start Shield,” Ryan says.
Shield AI presently has contracts with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. Tseng says the AI-enabled drones are “a tactical asset with strategic impact” and that synthetic intelligence “will positively transform the battlefield by providing critical insights that remove the fog of war, which will enable service members to make life-saving decisions.”
Here are a few demonstration movies courtesy of Shield AI.
This video demonstrates “launch and toss” performance. THe consumer hits “launch” and autonomous exploration begins; he hits return, and the drone autonomously flies again to him. There isn’t any distant management or pilot.The drone is flying with full autonomy.
Here is one other extra elaborate demo full with throbbing sound observe.