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Comment: Re:GPS? (Score 1) 218

by uop (#33627392) Attached to: Helicopter Crashes While Filming Autonomous Audi

Assuming this is the link to the right article:

Then actually yes the system is aware of parallel vehicles and can avoid such collisions.
Reading some of the article looks like this is more of an exercise in neural networks than anything else.

What scares me most but actually makes sense is that the system does not have any video feed, and as far as I can tell, no feed of objects behind the car. It's strictly forward + side looking, and by "looking" I mean a Laser "RADAR".
An interesting aspect is that all of the "video" information (eg traffic light status) is to be obtained via live feed from "the authorities". This car does not have the sensors to figure out whether a light is red or green. Nor does it have any other video info (citing too costly processing requirements).

Sounds like it could be a pretty good driver assist (sophisticated cruise control + accident prevention), but looks like a truly autonomous vehicle is still some ways off.

Comment: Twisted version of Ender's game? (Score 1) 133

by uop (#32414760) Attached to: The Life of a South Korean Pro Gamer

This whole thing reminds me of Ender's Game.
Maybe it's just a devious plot to train thousands of South Koreans in "computer games", only to unleash 10 million drones on China in a few years, all controlled by "pro gamers"...
I mean, it can't possibly really be that all of those talented youngsters are really wasting their lives like that.

Comment: Re:other implications (Score 1) 189

by uop (#21308803) Attached to: First Image Taken With an Ultra Low Field MRI
Another possible plus: people with pacemakers may finally be able to undergo MRI.
My understanding was that the strong and fast-changing magnetic field caused current to flow through the electrode in the patient's body. Current translates to heat (not good...). Maybe if the field will be weaker this unpleasant(!?) side effect would be alleviated.

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