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Audi working on a lunar rover for Google X Prize
Audi is taking off for the moon – along with the Part-Time Scientists. Nearly 45 years after NASA’s Apollo 17 completed the last manned mission to the moon, the cooperating partners have selected the old landing site of Apollo 17 as the new target.
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Another Hound demo, this time vs Google Now, Siri, and Cortana

Most of the comparisons I've seen play to Hound's strengths and this one is no different. It is interesting to see how well Google Now did; however, compared to Siri and Cortana.

Still, I find Google Now far more useful with real world questions. For instance, these queries are answered correctly by Google Now but result in searches or just wrong answers from Hound:
"When and where were Abraham Lincoln born?"
or the two step alternative:
"When was Abraham Lincoln born?"
"Where?"
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A great way to start the day
if you haven't read the book yet, do it. very easy read, hard to put down. I finished in an afternoon.

h/t +Noble Ackerson 

#bringwhatneyhome   #themartian  
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Techie Saturday

My son has been learning to program on code.org while we've had the DARPA Robotic Challenge on the TV via Chromecast. He wanted me to share the game he made. It is flappy bird with a twist.
I wrote the code myself with Code.org
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that's awesome.
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DRC Finals

As excited as I am to see the robots compete in the DARPA challenge this weekend, I can't wait until we can combine the functionality of the DARPA field with the form of NASA's Valkyrie.

Check out the finalists here: http://spectrum.ieee.org/img/drc-finals-teams-v12-1240-1433383400346.png

Picture from http://www.space.com/23929-nasa-valkyrie-humanoid-robot.html
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+Ross Taylor they just did a cool video and photoshoot for the booth at DARPA challenge. 
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Wow! I hope this Hound voice assist demo is ligit

via BGR: http://bgr.com/2015/06/03/hound-vs-siri-vs-google-now/
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Documentary on the death of Aibo

This is an interesting short documentary on Aibo, the robot dog, and the owners who have become attached to them. They are no longer produced and Sony has shut down the last of the repair shops. The attachment owners have is compelling and we will see more of this as personal robots become more sophisticated and wide spread.
Since Sony stopped making replacement parts for its Aibo robotic dog, devoted owners are facing the loss of their mechanical pets.
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Hound vs Google Now

This video shows off some more of Hound's skills in natural language understanding with complex queries including hotel searches. In my experience, the ability to parse the complex sentences is amazing with Hound.

There is also a quick example of why I have quit using the Hound beta. The knowledge is simply no where near Google's. Of course, this isn't a surprise but when I ask my assistant app a question, accuracy of the answer is far more important than the ability to handle complex queries. I'd rather train my self to speak "assistant speak" than dig through search results.

I'm very excited about the promise that these two products combined show. I sincerely hope Google buys SoundHound immediately and integrates their ability to parse questions with Google's ability to answer them.
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The Martian

I didn't realize they were making a movie from this book. It was possibly my favorite book. It is amazing how realistically the book is written. I'm sure it could be picked apart but it isn't complete nonsense.
 
Meet the crew of the Ares 3 mission to Mars
The third human mission to the red planet and soon to be the first to leave a crew member behind on Mars.

Surprised we haven't seen a trailer yet for the movie, maybe around SDCC.
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Keep tabs on Google's self-driving cars

Google will now be posting monthly reports on their self-driving cars. This is a clear attempt to fight bad press about a few incidents they've had that were generally blown out of proportion. It will be interesting to see what we learn and how much this helps if and when a google car has a serious incident.
What if it could be easier and safer for everyone to get around? To start, we’re building a prototype vehicle that’s designed to take you where you want to go at the push of a button–no driving required.
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Check out DRC Finals, Live!

http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/
Welcome to. The DARPA Robotics Challenge. The DRC is a competition of robot systems and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters. It was designed to be extremely difficult. Participating teams, representing some of the ...
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Hound 3rd party demo

Clearly, not as impressive as the company's demo but still pretty cool. I can't wait to get my beta invite.
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On the other hand, "When did Abraham Lincoln die?" was not answered properly by Hound.
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  • Louisiana Tech University
    BS Mechanical Engineering, 1997 - 2001
  • University of Texas at Austin
    MS Mechanical Engineering, 2001 - 2004
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Roboticist and Computer Vision Engineer
Introduction
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.
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Computer Vision and Robotics
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  • Quanergy
    Senior Computer Vision Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Aerodyne Industries
    Robotics Engineer, 2012 - 2014
  • Neptec USA
    R&D Engineer, 2004 - 2012
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Austin, TX - Ruston, LA - Shreveport, LA - Oak Ridge, TN