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Ross Taylor
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Attended Louisiana Tech University
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Cool graphical intro to machine learning
What is machine learning? See how it works with our animated data visualization.
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Google Car's view of being rear-ended

This video is pretty cool and is part of the benefit of active and passive systems. There is no question who is to blame here. Check out the full story from +Chris Urmson on Medium: https://goo.gl/ljImTa
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Competing approaches to autonomy

This article talks about the two approaches being pursued for autonomy. Automakers are incrementally adding features to build up autonomy while Google, Uber, and others are building full autonomy now. The two approaches are effective for different markets with different requirements for cost and aesthetics. It will be interesting to see how the competition plays out.
Automakers and tech companies are taking different routes to bring driverless cars into the mainstream.
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I think the full autonomy approach is great and those companies will win the race but I think they'll have trouble bringing the price down. 
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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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Great video: A brief history of everything, featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson
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I don't have the energy to reply to this article in detail but I'll warn you not to expect too much of it. It's not that I disagree with everything said but that the basis of a lot of it is inaccurate interpretations of surveys and statements along with ignorance of the challenges and goals of autonomy.
A recent study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute found that 96.2 percent of people polled (actually only about 500 people) said they wanted “to have a steering wheel plus gas and brake pedals (or some other controls) available in completely self-driving vehicles.” You know what all those people have in common? They’re wrong.
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Google's cars are now roaming another (very small) part of the country.
 
It’s summertime, so millions of Americans are packing up the car and hitting the road—and so are we! We’ve chosen Austin, Texas, as a new testing location for our project, and one of our Lexus SUVs is there now, with safety drivers aboard, driving a few square miles north and northeast of downtown Austin. It’s important for us to get experience testing our software in different driving environments, traffic patterns and road conditions—so we’re ready to take on Austin’s pedicabs, pickup trucks, and everything in between. Keep it weird for us, Austin, and visit our website to let us know how we’re driving. 
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Giant Robot Battle

I'm sure this fight between an American giant robot and a Japanese giant robot will end up being disappointing. Still, we can hope for a full on action movie sequence. Supposedly, we will find out in a year.
If all goes according to plan, we’ll soon see a giant robot duel between MegaBots (image above) and Kuratas. No, this isn’t a new movie. It’s a real fight challenge from team USA to team Japan, and...
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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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    BS Mechanical Engineering, 1997 - 2001
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    MS Mechanical Engineering, 2001 - 2004
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Roboticist and Computer Vision Engineer
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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