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Comment: Re:pointless scam (Score 1) 172

by BradleyUffner (#47734821) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

On slashdot, there was an article that linked to a video of google engineers describing how their system works. IIRC, they preprogrammed responses to a bunch of situations (like avoiding a bicycle on the side of the road), using heuristics to detect when/where/which situation was occuring. In contrast, humans are in a constant state of intuitive heuristics. While they take longer to react, they're aware of possible consequences long before a computer can be, which puts them way ahead of electronic idiot savants with lightning reflexes.

And yet human drivers still manage to do stuff like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Why in America? (Score 2) 155

by BradleyUffner (#47432515) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Your definition of "clearly" is very different than most people's I think... Sure, if you separate the word Aircraft in to "Air" and "Craft" you might be able to argue that one of the words could mean a manned vehicle. But when taken as a single word "Aircraft" has nothing to do with being manned or not. Every definition I can find is basically "A vehicle capable of atmospheric flight due to interaction with the air, such as buoyancy or lift."

Your argument really feels like the kind of games sovereign citizens and other conspiracy theorists play when they find "loopholes" in the law that will make them rich or allow them to not pay taxes.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Car Analogy (Score 1) 310

No drone, or "remotely piloted aircraft" in DoD newspeak, should be flown over a populated area.

So would flying them over a large body of mostly unoccupied water be ok? Like perhaps a river that's 2/3 of a mile wide?

You can clearly hear in the recording that it went between buildings. It wasn't constantly over the water.

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