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Mars has gray roots under the redhead.

From yesterday’s Curiosity Rover mini-drill.
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+Quanergy Systems is hiring for our software team. We are an exciting startup building LIDAR sensors and software to enable autonomous driving. We have partnered with some of the leading automotive companies and are well funded. We are expanding our software development team to deliver on the promise of our sensors. We need experienced developers in a wide range of specializations including computer vision, artificial intelligence, build & test, and GPU programming. Let me know if you are interested. 
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I'm not sure why companies (besides +Tesla Motors​) think electric cars need to be ugly but this is a clever commercial.
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Google (and others) investment in SpaceX

This is exciting news. It will be interesting to see where the relationship goes.
It's a perfect partnership between two companies who love their "moonshots." SpaceX on Tuesday announced that it's received $1 billion in funding from new investors Google and Fidelity that will go...
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Quanergy's next-gen solid state LiDAR will be the size of a postage stamp and will sell for under $100, enabling ubiquitous 3D sensor deployment for a smart Internet of Things (IoT).
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+Ross Taylor I just checked. They're now down to the price of an 80 meter met mast, which used to cost me about $20k.

Still too high. Of course, like you said, it's probably due to low volume.

$5K would be a pretty good price. I have a back-burner wind farm plan that could use 100 of them. I just don't think I'd be able to raise 2 million for lidars.  Maybe 500K, but not 2 million.
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CES demo

Here is video from a ride-along at CES. Don't critique the driving too much.

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+Ross Taylor Ross, the driving was great. The only thing that would have made it better is if you had been driving without your hands. I guess that will have to be in a future video :-) Thanks.
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SpaceX animation

This is an awesome animation of a Falcon 9 Heavy launch including landing the three primary boosters. I would be surprised if they all land at a base of some type like down in the video. I think 3 separate barges makes more sense given different trajectories and the fuel that would be required to hit a predetermined spot.
Updated animation of Falcon Heavy flight and booster recovery. Check it out:
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The future with autonomous vehicles

The article gives an interesting picture of how things could go with oncoming autonomy. Like +Yonatan Zunger​, I think the timeline is very aggressive. I also think the impact is somewhat overstated. You can get a picture of the flaws from reading the comments on the OP but I particularly am skeptical of the ideas that car ownership will go away and the car maintenance industry will go away.

On the ownership side, I agree that it will likely be reduced particularly for urbanites but there is pride in ownership, status, people's tastes and other factors that I think will keep ownership high for those that can afford it. With regards to maintenance, I see no reason it should change due to autonomy. A reduction in accidents may reduce body repair but car components will still fail and wear and need maintenance. Even if fewer vehicles are on the road, the mileage will not decrease and arguments that it will increase seem valid. In fact, with more and more complicated systems, maintenance may increase and become more sophisticated like the huge tech support industry.
I think that this article does a good job of describing what the world will look like once (once, not if) autonomous cars have taken over completely, and the many ways in which this will make all of our lives a lot better. (Saved lives, saved time, less pollution, less cost to each of us individually, etc) However, I think he grossly overestimates the speed of the transition: by 2025 I'd expect to see large-scale experiments rolling out, but I wouldn't expect to reach the final equilibrium point he's describing until 2050 at the soonest.

I think that he also underestimates the violence with which these changes will be resisted. As he points out, several existing industries are likely to be cratered, most notably car manufacture (autonomous cars serving people on-demand could be active 95% of the time, versus 4% of the time for passenger cars today; that's a 24x reduction in the number of cars needed per person) and professional drivers. We're already seeing tremendous resistance by vested interests in the existing taxi business to even ordinary competition like Uber; what will happen when it starts to become clear to them that the entire business is about to go away, never to return? 

In this regard, I think that we can draw useful lessons from the collapse of the longshoreman industry with the rise of containerized shipping. On the US' West Coast, strong longshore unions negotiated a phased shutdown with shipping companies; on the East Coast, weak unions spent more time fighting and undercutting each other than negotiating, and the net result was a serious collapse of all shipping to those ports, with the longshoremen bearing the brunt of it. Marc Levinson's book The Box has an interesting discussion of this. I suspect that similar phenomena will be seen here.

But even more so than with the transition to containerized shipping, the transition to autonomous vehicles is likely inevitable: the advantages are too large and too widespread, and the disadvantages too limited, for groups to successfully be able to prevent it for their own interest.
I have spent quite a bit of time lately thinking about autonomous cars, and I wanted to summarize my current thoughts and predictions. Most people - experts included - seem to think that the transi...
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ATLAS robot upgrade

The ATLAS robot has significantly improved. It is still hydraulic but at least it can run on battery power and it is much quieter. It's cool that they are making hardware improvements to help the teams that rely on the robot. 

I'm very interested to see how this year's competition goes and how well teams are challenged to more generically solve problems.
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    Computer Vision Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Aerodyne Industries
    Robotics Engineer, 2012 - 2014
  • Neptec USA
    R&D Engineer, 2004 - 2012
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Roboticist and Computer Vision Engineer
I'm a robotics engineer and a computer vision expert, an early adopter, and a technophile. These are the things I will post about most but I'll occasionally throw in some space stuff and other randomness.

I have two mechanical engineering degrees but I spend 95% of my time developing algorithms and software focusing on computer vision and robotics. I am also very interested in artificial intelligence but I'm still waiting for an opportunity to really delve into that field.
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I taught Robonaut how to move and took 3D pictures of the Space Shuttle in orbit.
  • Louisiana Tech University
    BS Mechanical Engineering, 1997 - 2001
  • University of Texas at Austin
    MS Mechanical Engineering, 2001 - 2004
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