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Comment: Re:The "lettuce bot" is mostly a vision system (Score 1) 36

by Singularitarian2048 (#47185731) Attached to: Open Source Robot OS Finds Niches From Farms To Space
But vision is one of the hardest parts of robotics, and you don't want to have to write super sophisticated vision algorithms from scratch, so this is a good example of how ROS is useful. "Agricultural implement towed behind a tractor" + sophisticated computer vision = robot.

Comment: Vending machine knows you better than yourself (Score 1) 216

by Singularitarian2048 (#33223046) Attached to: The Vending Machines of the Future
Now the vending machine just needs face recognition so it can base recommendations off of previous purchases...and who your facebook friends are.

And I want a badge saying I'm the "mayor" of a vending machine if I buy more sodas there than anyone else.

I want a virtual pet that I can buy virtual sodas for. He will gain experience points and armor and will battle other pets.

Comment: What we need is video lectures in a university (Score 1) 393

Clearly video lectures and a university setting each have much to offer. With video lectures you can pause and rewind, go at your own pace, learn from the world's best lecturers rather than your professor who is usually just average, even select a lecturer whose style you prefer. I say we switch to self-paced courses based on video lectures in university classrooms. The professor will still be there in the classroom but he will be focused entirely on his one irreplaceable contribution: answering questions and providing direct feedback to students.

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