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Comment: Re:Tokyo is tiny by comparison (Score 1) 103

I've lived in cold snow blasted parts of the US where roads can shut down for days due to winter storms. After a couple of days the super markets and liquor store shelves start looking a bit... bare. I have no doubt a few days of interruptions would cause problems. My solution is camping gear; including water purification kit; and a pantry which includes canned good and dried food such as lentils and dried fruit. A few days,,, meh. A month, then I will be taking notice.


Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind 108

Posted by samzenpus
from the watch-and-learn dept.
malachiorion writes Researchers are force-feeding the internet into a system called Robo Brain. The system has absorbed a billion images and 120,000 YouTube videos so far, and aims to digest 10 times that within a year, in order to create machine-readable commands for robots—how to pour coffee, for example. From the article: "The goal is as direct as the project’s name—to create a centralized, always-online brain for robots to tap into. The more Robo Brain learns from the internet, the more direct lessons it can share with connected machines. How do you turn on a toaster? Robo Brain knows, and can share 3D images of the appliance and the relevant components. It can tell a robot what a coffee mug looks like, and how to carry it by the handle without dumping the contents. It can recognize when a human is watching a television by gauging relative positions, and advise against wandering between the two. Robo Brain looks at a chair or a stool, and knows that these are things that people sit on. It’s a system that understands context, and turns complex associations into direct commands for physical robots."

Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 1) 508

by plopez (#47744747) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

What I am saying is that is if you only know MS products you have a very narrow experience range to your detriment. If all you knew was Objective C and Apple development environments it would also count against it. C#, Transact SQL, Powershell, C, Perl, Bash, and a functional language would be a nice experience range.

Comment: Re:I hope not (Score 1) 508

by plopez (#47743691) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Have been on hiring committees, any person applying who only knows one programming language is not going to get far with me. Or languages from a specific vendor *cough* Microsoft *cough*. If you are at the Uni. I advise you to seek out courses using other programming languages, and at least one of those should be functional.

Comment: Don't bother with programming languages. (Score 3, Interesting) 548

by plopez (#47723199) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Learn principles and techniques. A little theory. Use programming languages to help you learn it but do not obsess over the language. All programming languages suck, just to a greater or lesser extent and some in more interesting ways than others. But basic principles never change.

Comment: Re:'weed out' classes (Score 1) 548

by plopez (#47723143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

2nd semester when we had to learn 3 languages in 3 months + data typing. I will never forget when the 'aha' light clicked on with Lisp. ANd since then I have never been afraid of picking up new technology in an extremely short time frame. Which has kept me employed over the years.

Comment: Re:Are employment levels really that stellar? (Score 1) 207

Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and look at the criteria for the U6 unemployment rate. I think it will cover your criteria. he rate most reported in the news is the U3 and is easier to understand and considered a harder number as it is difficult to count people who have stopped looking or do not show up at job centers as they are working part-time or under-employed.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.