Article from MIT Technology review. It seems we will need to develop AI to control and understand AI.
The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.
by Will Knight April 11, 2017
Since 2010, I have been a devoted user of Worldmate for managing travel plans and itineraries. Despite limitations and few and far between updates, I used the website often and had the app installed on all mobile devices. So when I logged in yesterday and discovered that the service was being discontinued in March, I was sad. And now I had to find a replacement and get this years plans loaded. A quick search of course found other travelers in the same predicament. Some alternates listed were Google Now, TripCase, and TripIt. After a little reading and a trial, I decided on TripIt Pro from Concur.
The main issue I had with Worldmate was it’s limitation in managing activities and events while traveling. It was good for hotels, car rentals, and airfare, but not restaurant reservations, excursions, or planning an expedition. So far, TripIt is a great and in many ways better replacement for Worldmate.
We create machines from the technology we discover
and in the pursuit of higher knowledge we imbue
our intellect, instincts, and capacity to explore
and wonder into these machines.
And we wonder what could go wrong.
In a dystopian future…
At what point does a thing pass over a human defined line
and become a sentient being?
When will the machines we create exceed our ability to control and as drastic measures,
stop their production?
When will these machines become self sufficient and with speed, accuracy, and efficiency
exceed our own capacity, and replicate themselves?
A beautiful day to capture an autumn skyline above the clouds and crashing into a tree at 15mph.
I have been flying the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium for over a month now. During that time, I have crashed, missed landings, made landings, taken beautiful videos over the top of a northern pine forest, and dealt with the nuances of a new product. Here are some of my thoughts so far.
While I am in the beginning stages of building a business around commercial drone operation, my experience so far is showing me that the Autel Robotics is not quite ready yet. I have been looking into adding a second drone, and was considering another Autel, but have decided on the DJI Phantom 4. The Autel is still a good drone, but would be better for learning and practice flights.
Once I get some flight time with the DJI I will post a more thorough and side-by-side review.
I have spent a few hours with learning and flying a drone, crashing a into trees a couple of times, and missing the manual landing more than hitting the pad. All of this is get practice and build skills for eventual commercial piloting (more information below). I have found the Autel Robotics drone to be an excellent mix of performance, quality of photos and video, support, and cost. In the next post, I will talk briefly about other manufactures and how they compare to the Autel Robotics.
Some useful websites for the FAA Part 107 drone operator testing and certification for commercial operation.
The following website is for registration of your drone if it meets criteria outlined by the FAA, which applies to most drones on the market today.
The following is a short list of drone manufactures that I have experience with, either from flying or researching the next drone that will be added to the Willow River Dynamics fleet.
Video flying over the forest and a wonderful view of an early autumn sky with the Autel Robotics X-Star and an ND8 camera filter from Freewell.
A quick video with a manual landing taken with the Autel Robotics X-Star and an ND8 camera filter from Freewell.
Article posted on Engadget about an upcoming compact drone from DJI.