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Florin Andrei
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Home made drone shooting live ammo. It's cheap and any amateur with a credit card can build one. Now, add some video remote control to it, and maybe assist targeting with computer vision, and put the gun on gimbals (tap the target on a touch screen and let the computer compensate for wobbling). That's still doable by amateurs (I could make one and I'm not an expert in any related field), and it would probably take about $1000 and a few weeks to build. I think this is the place where really awesome meets really scary. Plus, very soon AI will get to the point where remote control becomes largely unnecessary, while the total price/effort remains at $1k / few weeks - a 99% autonomous Terminator drone. Should everyone have access to such technology? Where do we draw the line? And can the line still be drawn, given the wide dissemination of enabling technologies?
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Jupiter a couple days ago, when the sky was clear and steady. Not exactly Hubble quality, but it will do for a first attempt.
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After many delays, I've finished building the grinding / polishing machine for telescope mirrors. It's pretty awesome to see how a machine, which you've built with your own hands, does all the work for you - a task that previously was long, arduous, and physically demanding.
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Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect works as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong...
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Doable by amateurs today on a budget of a few hundred dollars: build a drone, put an airsoft gun on it, use computer vision to pilot the drone and auto-aim the gun at a large red blob for a target - like in the video below. It's not a huge step from here to using a real gun, with better computer vision, capable perhaps of recognizing and aiming at a specific person, and some kind of AI to drive it around obstacles - I think it will be doable on the same budget in a year or two. It's kind of both fascinating and scary at the same time.
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It is interesting how news of the Brexit was applauded by Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Vladimir Putin, and ISIS.
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Printer-friendly version. When making a telescope mirror on the machine, two parameters are important: the rotation speed of the mirror, and the rotation speed of the overarm eccentric. Other environmental parameters also matter: temperature and humidity are foremost here.
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"What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being automated. That's because it's ranked high in cleverness, negotiation, and helping others. The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers. No surprise; it's already happening."
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"Increasingly, human intervention will be unnecessary. The sensors will collect data. The system's smarts will interpret the data and figure out what to do. And the actuators will do things in our world."
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Awesome. I needed a few copies of a pattern printed on transparent foil. I was able to get the job done here quickly and easily - everyone was very helpful. Thank you.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Thumbs up review for West Coast Archery. The owner is very knowledgeable and helpful. He will work with you to make sure you get what you want. The store has a wide range of items in stock - arrows, releases, broadheads, basically everything you need. They also have a big shooting range, nice looking, big, bright and clean, where you can rent a lane and shoot some arrows. Or you can take lessons. They also do leagues, check the website for the schedule. I've purchased here compound bows for myself and my kids, those models were very new (production had just started), so they didn't have them in stock. They placed orders with the manufacturers and the items arrived quickly. If you live in the Bay Area, this is one of your best options for an archery pro shop. 5/5 stars.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Slow slow slow. Don't waste your time.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Nice coffee & sandwich place in an area with way too many boring fast food joints.
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
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Mom and pop motel. From outside looks just okay. But the rooms are awesome! Very very clean. New furniture, very nice and comfortable, I almost felt spoiled. Large and clean bathroom, with bathtub. Microwave, A/C, fridge, TV and Internet. The price was better than the Big Name hotel at the other end of town. The owners are nice people, very helpful. Highly recommended; this is where I'll stay again when I'm in the area.
Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Their stuff is good, but they're slow. Also, breakfast menu is not all-day.
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago
Awesome omelette!
Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago