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Ross Taylor
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Roboticist and Computer Vision Engineer
Roboticist and Computer Vision Engineer

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To see the ONLY automotive solid state LiDAR, and the latest in 3D sensing solutions for security, industrial, drone, robotics, mapping, and smart home applications, visit in January the CES booth of Quanergy, the Grand Winner of the 2017 CES Innovation Award in Vehicle Intelligence.
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And here's something just pleasing: +Chris Hadfield talking about various bits of daily life in space, from sleeping and going to the bathroom to the games one plays. There are still wonderful things in this world. (And out of it)

Via +Paul Hosking.

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Can't wait to see SpaceX land (or fail to land) 3 boosters.

Either would be amazingly satisfying.

from http://gizmodo.com/spacex-will-attempt-to-land-three-rockets-at-once-1783908606

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SpotMini

They've made it smaller and lighter but no less creepy. The outtake at the end is also pretty funny.

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Algorithm competition once all vehicles are autonomous

This is an interesting discussion of what happens when the global optimum of travel is reached. Basically, the idea is that we tend to optimize for ourselves by getting newer and better technology. The author (and I) uses the Waze app to get an advantage on other drivers who don't. But when we are all in autonomous cars, companies that want to give an advantage to their customers will have to revert to tactics that harm others for the sake of the one.

Obviously, this will likely not be a significant problem for a long time and the global gains are worth any inequality for now. However, it will be interesting to see if this is an inequality that people are willing to accept (like airport fast lanes).

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New zero-g exercise machine

This device is a spin-off of the motor technology created for Robonaut.

A good friend is also spinning this off for commercial use: http://astrofittrainer.com/

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Boston Dynamics for sale

This is really too bad because the company was doing find on its own then Google bought it, took away all of the military contracts and is now abandoning it. I can't imagine who would buy it at this point because making a commercial case will be difficult and reestablishing the military relationship may be as well. 

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Baidu pushing infrastructure and behavior changes for vehicles

Baidu has published their vision for getting autonomous cars on the road soon. I'm a believer in the idea that full autonomy will be unlikely without infrastructure changes and that select routes will likely be where we see autonomous cars first. I don't agree with everything in this article but it is interesting nonetheless.
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