Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The signs were there you should have bought connections before

I'm spending the week at Connections II and it's been reasonably worthwhile, by which I mean, the food is good.

At dinner I sat next to Neil Gershenfeld. His book Fab has been sitting unread on my shelf for a while, but I didn't recognize him right away. I accidentally kicked the power cord out of his laptop. (It was that kind of dinner.)


At 9:23 PM, August 17, 2006, Blogger Richard Mason said...

The Wednesday talks didn't really hold my attention, but I was glad I went to the Thursday session. Not only did Lawrence Saul give an interesting talk on LLE, but there was a poster session of Caltech SURF students showing off their DARPA Grand Challenge-related work.

At 6:18 PM, August 18, 2006, Blogger Richard Mason said...

Most of the posters weren't very impressive (sorry, little Caltech kids) but one or two of them were decent. Anyway, those little kids are doing three-point turns in Alice and we can't do reverse yet, so we really need to get our act in gear, no pun intended.

At 10:41 AM, August 19, 2006, Anonymous Eric said...

I've forgotten some of the required driving rules and do not rember a three-point turn. Does the DARPA project help you become a better driver? If you have to make sure your robot truck uses the turn indicator, does this nudge you to do the same?

At 12:04 PM, August 19, 2006, Blogger Richard Mason said...

I would say no, although it might help you become better at car maintenance.

At 12:14 PM, August 19, 2006, Blogger Richard Mason said...

...or maybe that's only if you use a 1994 truck, as we were doing for most of the length of the project.


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