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Comment Re:Safety is Job 1 #ButIDied (Score 1) 124

i think the answer your looking for here is "insurance". we know that humans are bad at properly assessing risk, but insurance companies aren't. if you can get insurance for our AI driven car (and why not, likely we'll end up in a word where the AI is much safer than mere humans) then it not that much of an issue.

of course you still need to convince people that they are safe and should be allowed on the roads, but that's what 'security theatre' is for (looking at you airport security mechanisms!)

Comment Re:they're a disaster (Score 1) 124

fair comment, but surely if we intend to use AI driven cars then other changes need to happen? traffic lights broadcast their state to AI-cars (in fact that could be useful for human drivers too), construction-worker signs have small units attached to them to broadcast information and alternate-route information to the AI driven cars? (yes, yes, "but the hackers!" they'll cry. come-on certainly security is not a new problem for us)

Comment ok so today's AI isn't that great (Score 1) 124

but certainly things will improve over time. to be honest I'm surprised at the negativity in the comments on this article.

sure AI can't handle all scenarios, and it is worse when only some cars are AI controlled, but I would expect there to be 'partial' implementations first.

what about motorways that are designed or updated specifically for AI vehicles? for example the AI does "see" the traffic light, it receives a signal from a traffic light controller or some other system.
what about roads where it is limited to only AI vehicles (then they can all talk to each other and you don't have the human drivers behaving unpredictably)

Submission + - Camelot Unchained Kickstarter

Resgo writes: The Camelot Unchained Kickstarter is in full swing and is coming up on 60% funded with 17 days left in the campaign. Camelot Unchained is a proposed tri-realm Realm vs Realm (RvR) PVP focused MMORPG being developed by Mark Jacob's (Dark Age of Camelot) City State Entertainment. They have posted a number of interesting foundational principles, goals, videos, for the game as well as some tech demos. Check it out.

Discovery Channel Crashes a Boeing 727 For Science Documentary 281

conner_bw writes "A Boeing 727 passenger jet has been deliberately crash-landed. The pilot ejected just minutes before the collision. The plane was packed with scientific experiments, including crash test dummies. Dozens of cameras recorded the crash from inside the aircraft, on the ground, in chase planes and even on the ejecting pilot's helmet. All of this was done for a feature length documentary to be shown on the Discovery Channel later this year."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - CryENGINE 3 gives us a glimpse at the future of gaming (

zacharye writes: The next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles currently being developed by Microsoft and Sony will make the disparity between console and mobile gaming even more vast, adding more fluid animation support and a number of additional enhancements that will make video games more realistic than ever. But even when confined to the capabilities present in today’s home consoles, new video game engines show us just how amazing gaming will be moving forward. Ctytek, the lab behind the popular Crysis franchise, recently released the CryENGINE 3 SDK 3.4.0 DX11 update for developers as well as with a quick reel to highlight some of the engine’s capabilities...

Comment interesting (Score 2) 245

my favourite part is how they are intentionally trying to piss-off/harass criminals. sure not all of them will be for serious crimes and i assume just because you had a mug shot taken doesn't necessarily mean you were convicted... but still, there's gotta be some nut-jobs in that mix and i'm sure some of them know how to either:

1) hack stuff or
2) make bombs

wait is that a bomb joke? can i be arrested for saying that?


Submission + - U.S. seeks veto powers over new domain names

suraj.sun writes: The Obama administration is quietly seeking the power for it and other governments to veto future top-level domain names, a move that raises questions about free expression, national sovereignty, and the role of states in shaping the future of the Internet.

At stake is who will have authority over the next wave of suffixes to supplement the venerable .com, .org, and .net. At least 115 proposals are expected this year, including .car, .health, .nyc, .movie, and .web, and the application process could be finalized at a meeting in San Francisco next month.

Some are likely to prove contentious among more conservative nations. Two different groups--the dotGAY Initiative and the .GAY Alliance--already have announced they will apply for the right to operate the .gay domain.

The Obama administration is proposing (PDF) that domain approval procedures be changed to include a mandatory "review" by an ICANN advisory panel comprised of representatives of roughly 100 nations. The process is open-ended, saying that any government "may raise an objection to a proposed (suffix) for any reason." Unless at least one other nation disagrees, the proposed new domain name "shall" be rejected.

CNET News:

Submission + - Do-gooders connect nonprofits with donated tech (

jfruhlinger writes: High-tech companies like donating hardware and software to non-profits and community groups — but those groups' IT infrastructure is often so primitive, with all-volunteer IT staffers with little or not training, that the donated material isn't put to best use. A company called TechSoup has emerged as a sort of do-gooder middleman, helping the nonprofits get the most from corporate largesse.

Submission + - Bill Gates is more admired than the Pope (

walterbyrd writes: Americans admire Bill Gates more than the Pope, the Dalai Lama and even Glenn Beck. The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist was named the fifth most admired man of 2010, according to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll.

Comment Re:What's not to like? (Score 5, Informative) 284

when you read TFA, it actually just sounds like he was screwing around and the child porn was more like "this'll get the dude in trouble" rather than "I have a private collection because i'm a pedo".

Either way, the dude was really stupid and deserves to get jail time for it.

edit: changed the word "article" to TFA cause that's the way it's done here ;)

Input Devices

Hacked iRobot Uses XBox Kinect To See World 124

kkleiner writes "A student at MIT's Personal Robotics Group is going to put Microsoft's Kinect to a good use: controlling robots. Philipp Robbel has hacked together the Kinect 3D sensor with an iRobot Create platform and assembled a battery-powered bot that can see its environment and obey your gestured commands. Tentatively named KinectBot, Robbel's creation can generate some beautifully detailed 3D maps of its surroundings and wirelessly send them to a host computer. KinectBot can also detect nearby humans and track their movements to understand where they want it to go." In related but less agreeable news, "Dennis Durkin, who is both COO and CFO for Microsoft's Xbox group, told investors this week that Kinect can also be used by advertisers to see how many people are in a room when an ad is on screen, and to custom-tailor content based on the people it recognizes."

Aussie Research Company Brings Wi-Fi To TV Antenna 74

joshgnosis writes "The CSIRO has unveiled new technology that could bring internet to people in rural or remote parts of Australia using their existing TV antennas. Analog TV signal is set to be switched off in 2013 but this technology could see the spectrum used to deliver internet straight into people's homes through their TV antenna. Gartner expert Robin Simpson told ZDNet Australia that this would make it much easier for companies to get new customers. 'What appeals to me about it is that it re-uses existing infrastructure, all of the competing wireless technologies tend to use high frequencies and therefore require new base stations, new spectrum and new receiving antenna infrastructure as well,' he said. 'The fact that they're re-using the analog TV stuff gives them a much easier market entry strategy.'"

Denver Rejects UFO Agency To Track Aliens 80

Republicans weren't the only ones to win big yesterday. Aliens in The Mile-High City can breathe easier thanks to voters rejecting a plan to officially track them. From the article: "The proposal defeated soundly Tuesday night would have established a commission to track extraterrestrials. It also would have allowed residents to post their observations on Denver's city Web page and report sightings." Let the anonymous probings begin!

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