Data and software engineer Ryan Zotti explains how he built a self-driving toy-car using a Raspberry Pi, OpenCV, and TensorFlow.
We’ve spent the past 6 months building a self-driving toy car using a Raspberry Pi, OpenCV, and TensorFlow. If you’ve ever thought about building your own self-driving toy car, this presentation will help you avoid common pitfalls and shed light on important tradeoffs that you’ll have to weigh along the way. I’ll cover things like how to parse images, how to effectively tune machine learning neural
In an era where the activities of cybercriminals are for the most part already automated, The New York Times looks at a plausible near-future in which AI is used for criminal activities, (not just good ones) simply by piggybacking on new tech developments.
Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password.
Except it’s not your mother. The voice on the other end of the phone call just sounds deceptively like her.
It is actually a computer-synthesized voice, a tour-de-force of artificial intelligence technology that has been crafted to make it possible for someone to masquerade via the telephone.
Such a situation is still science fiction — but just barely. It is also the future of crime.
CNN Money brings to attention the Vahana, a battery-powered pilot-less VTOL-capable aircraft designed to work as a taxi for a single-passenger, with the goal of tapping into a "nascent, but fast-growing, field: the use of battery-powered electric propulsion technology to enable on-demand services."
We seek to help enable truly vertical cities by opening up urban airways in a predictable and controlled manner. We believe that full automation will allow us to achieve higher safety by minimizing human error. Our aircraft will follow predetermined flight paths, with only minor deviations if obstacle avoidance is needed. We believe this mode of operation will be compatible with future airspace management systems and will allow more aircraft to share the sky. Full automation also enables us to make our aircraft as small and light as possible, and will significantly reduce manufacturing costs.
We’ve made a number of decisions to simplify vehicle aerodynamics—and,…
According to The Washington Post, China has presented its ambitious plan on using Big Data to create a social credit system that takes every bit of information available online, and then giving every person and company "a score based on their political, commercial, social and legal 'credit'.” Critics refer to it as a 21-st century version of Big Brother while others worry that such a system would be "both vulnerable and immensely attractive to hackers."
Lester Ross, partner-in-charge of the Beijing office of law firm WilmerHale, says the rules are designed to stop anyone “stepping out of line” and could intimidate lawyers seeking to put forward an aggressive defense of their clients. He sees echoes of the Cultural Revolution, in which Mao Zedong identified “five black categories” of people considered enemies of the revolution, including landlords, rich farmers and rightists, who were singled out for struggle sessions, persecution…
IEEE Spectrum reports that pilot tests in Pittsburgh of AI controlled street lights has shown "impressive results." Composed of decentralised street lights capable of making their own decisions, the system is capable of working in unison informing each other of changing traffic patterns. Reportedly, the test pilot showed a reduction of travel time by 25%, idling by 40%, and emissions by 21%. The city is looking in expanding the system further.
Conventional traffic lights have preprogrammed timing that’s updated every few years. But as traffic patterns evolve, the systems can fall out of date much more quickly than that. The Surtrac system instead relies on computerized traffic lights coordinating closely with each other. Radar sensors and cameras at each light detect traffic. Sophisticated AI algorithms use that data to build a timing plan “that moves all the vehicles it knows about through the intersection in the most efficient way…
After calling humanity's history "the history of the stupid," Stephen Hawking seems to consider that, albeit there is still a chance that AI may be a bad idea, that it could also possibly be "the biggest event in the history of our civilisation."
Hawking said that he was cheered by the notion that someone was going to study the future of intelligence.
He contrasted this by saying: "We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let's face it, is mostly the history of stupidity."
It's an edifying truth.
As we look to the past, the tales keep coming: "And you'll never guess what asinine thing the rulers did next."
Despite all this looking back, we still make the same mistakes over and over again.
Hawking, then, seems to be lifted by the idea that in creating intelligence, we are stepping into an exciting and potentially positive…
The Hive, from LIVIN Farms, is a kitchen-counter farm that lets you grow your own mealworms. The worms, which can be fed vegetable scraps, provide the same amount of protein consumed through meat, without any of the environmental side-effects. They offer a recipe book as well.
With the LIVIN farms Hive you can grow healthy and sustainable food in the form of insects in your home! With our beautiful and functional desktop hive for edible insects you can grow up to 200 g of protein-rich super food mealworms.
This replaces about the same amount of protein that you would otherwise consume in the same amount of meat or other rich protein foods. Feed your mealworms sustainably on vegetable scraps from your kitchen and always know 100% what you eat.
Our design-driven approach and innovative technology empowers you to…
The Atlantic has this animated guide to humanity's first interstellar mission explaining how Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner plans on reaching planets in another solar system.
Human travel to our nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, will not be possible for many years, if ever. However, in the near future, robots might be able to make the trip in an inexpensive and scalable way. Using a solar sail, a nearly weightless spaceship and a powerful beam of light, probes could travel the 4 light years to Alpha Centauri in only 20 years. The most expensive piece of equipment, the beam of light, will stay on the planet, and each spaceship will cost only as much as a smartphone. With this scalable model, our earthly civilization might someday become truly galactic.
With automation taking over all the jobs and capitalism possibly not surviving much longer after that, Motherboard's Zoltan Istvan looks at the work of futurist and architect Jacque Fresco. Fresco, who recently turned 100, perceives a techno-utopia based on a resource-based economy model, where all jobs are automated and where no ownership, no taxes, and no money exist the latter being the source of all evil.
The resource-based economy goes like this: In the future robots will do all the jobs (including creating new robots and fixing broken one). Now, imagine the world is like a public library, where you can borrow any book you want but never own it. Fresco wants all enterprise like this, whether it’s groceries, new tech, gasoline, or alcohol. He wants everything free and eventually provided to us by robots, software, and automation.
Fresco’s system is indeed beyond capitalism or communism, which he…
NONE is the creative collaborative work of Ash Thorp and Chris Bjerre, with music by Ben Lukas Boysen. Started as a "small break from client work," it "explores the balance of light and darkness." Beautifully rendered, it takes the familiar and shows it in a surreal manner.
NONE emerged as a collaboration with Chris Bjerre, when our schedules aligned with a small break from client work. We decided we wanted make something special that would allow us to further explore and evolve our craft, but needed to stick to a strict deadline of three weeks before the quick pace of work began again.
What started out as a series of surreal images that lived solely in my mind, we quickly manifested into reality. I wanted to stay true to the original, beautiful simplicity of my visual…
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|"Over the next 20 years, I see automation taking nearly all jobs, and I doubt capitalism will survive that."|
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