Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Amazon Alexa’s Ashwin Ram talks AI with Sebastian Thrun

Required viewing for anyone interested in the past, present, and future of AI: here

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Public LiDAR data set

New York University releases a large laser scanned data set for urban development.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Motion vectors, inertia, and strategy

For a deeper understanding of vectors, inertia, and motion strategy, see Racetrack:
Try not to crash online here.
Further discussion here.

Folding Building Technology

Scalable, shape-shifting structures: here and here

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Autonomous Driving

FYI: an open-access overview of autonomous driving

Sunday, April 9, 2017


What might be the earliest-known entry of the word "algorithm" in a dictionary can be found in Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language from 1785.

The entry on page 130 reads (approximately): algorithm: Arabic words, which are used to imply the six operations of arithmetic, or the science of numbers.

Today, "algorithm" is defined as:
- A well-defined procedure to solve a problem.
- A clearly specified set of simple instructions to be followed to solve a problem.
- A finite, deterministic, and effective problem-solving method.
- An explicit, precise, unambiguous, mechanically-executable sequence of elementary instructions.1

1. This last item is from Jeff Erickson's algorithms notes

Monday, January 9, 2017

Applying Deep Learning to Detect Damage in Urban Areas

Analyze and estimate the extent of damage in a disaster area: Link