Our automobiles are getting three makeovers simultaneously, with promises of a fourth. There is more action in reinventing of automobiles all at once than there has been since the first ones crawled into existence. First, our cars are turning electric, and the UK recently said that no new gas or diesel automobiles will be allowed … Continue reading Experiments In Automobile UI/UX
When the world around us changes, often due to technology, we need to change how we interact with it, or we will not do well. Kodak was well aware of the digital photography tsunami it faced but was not able to transform itself from a film photography company until too late, and is no more. On the … Continue reading Is War Now Post Kinetic?
Patrick Winston is one of the greatest teachers at M.I.T., and for 27 years was Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (which later became part of CSAIL). Patrick teaches 6.034, the undergraduate introduction to AI at M.I.T. and a recent set of his lectures is available as videos. I want to point people to lectures 12a and … Continue reading Patrick Winston Explains Deep Learning
There was a really important scientific result reported on this week in the press. The original paper, by a team at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, a person in Grenoble, France, and a person in Henan, China, is behind a paywall at the National Academy of Science. This team had previously introduced a new, … Continue reading Adding to the Alphabet of Life
This is a short piece I wrote for a workshop on what are good things to work on in robotics research. One measure of success of robots is how many of them get deployed doing real work in the real world. One way to get more robots deployed is to reduce the friction that comes up during … Continue reading Research Needed on Robot Hands