Tesla's autopilot went live a couple of weeks ago (it's one of the first car brands to do this). Unlike the autopilots and cruise controls of the past, it's an autonomous system. This means it isn't limited to the capabilities you get when you pop it out of the box. It gets better as you train it and provide it with experience. Tesla's AP Here's some first hand feedback from Tesla drivers on how fast the autopilot is learning: So far I have a little over 300 miles on autopilot, mostly 20 miles at a time on my commute to and from work. Here's another driver training the autopilot to navigate tight S turns: I noticed that on sharply curved ramp connecting I-80 west with CA-113 north in Davis, the first time it took the curve at full speed and wasn't able to stay in lane resulting in a "take control immediately" alert. Here's another: AP is definitely is learning. These drivers aren't alone. Here's a heads up 0n what this means... That approach is on the way out. Note the Animation Sincerely,
Open Source IntelligenceIt’s been a while since we last weighed in on Libya, but recent events warrant an updated look at the future of the conflict. Two events in particular raise questions worth exploring. First, a recent New York Times piece interviewing Seif al-Islam Gaddafi suggests the family has found an ally in Islamist groups. This news was followed shortly by reports from rebel fighters suggesting that Khamis Gaddafi, son of Muammar and the head of a prominent military division, was killed by NATO airstrikes. I’ll start with the second issue and work back to the claims of state ties with Islamist groups. Timeline of Gaddafi's son Khamis killed in Libyan fighting It will be interesting to see if anything concrete comes of the reports this time around, but if true, it’s almost certainly an event that could alter perception on progress from the international pressure being applied. Treemap of ties drawn up through scanning Gaddafi and Islamist Examples of this include:
Blog Marketing Web 2.0 et Techno» 25 Signs That A Horrific Global Water Crisis Is Coming Alex JonesEconomic Collapse Blog Saturday, September 17, 2011 Every single day, we are getting closer to a horrific global water crisis. This world was blessed with an awesome amount of fresh water, but because of our foolishness it is rapidly disappearing. Rivers, lakes and major underground aquifers all over the globe are drying up, and many of the fresh water sources that we still have available are so incredibly polluted that we simply cannot use them anymore. Without fresh water, we simply cannot function. Just imagine what would happen if the water got cut off in your house and you were not able to go out and buy any. Every single year, most of the major deserts around the world are getting bigger and the amount of usable agricultural land in most areas is becoming smaller. If dramatic changes are not made soon, in the years ahead water shortages are going to force large groups of people to move to new areas. And yes, it will even happen in the United States too. #4 According to the U.S.
Counterterrorism BlogIt’s Not Twitter or Facebook, It’s the Power of the Network: Tech News and Analysis «Just as it was during the recent uprisings in Tunisia, the role of social media in the recent upheaval in Egypt has been the subject of much debate since the unrest began on Thursday. Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Friday poked fun at the idea that Twitter might have played a key part in the demonstrations, and there are many observers who share his skepticism. The real trigger for the uprisings, they argue, is simply the frustration of the oppressed Egyptian people — which is undoubtedly true. But it also seems clear that social media has played a key role in getting the word out, and in helping organizers plan their protests. In the end, it’s not about Twitter or Facebook: it’s about the power of real-time networked communication. But is anyone really arguing that Twitter and Facebook caused the revolutions in Tunisia or Egypt, or even the earlier public uprisings in Moldova or Iran for that matter? Did Twitter or Facebook cause the Tunisian revolt?
Secrecy NewsThe number of chronically homeless persons in the U.S. dropped from more than 120,000 in 2008 to around 84,000 in 2014, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. The federal government has undertaken to end chronic homelessness by 2017. “One of the reasons that federal programs have devoted resources to ending chronic homelessness […] Read More The national census in 2020 will be the first to rely primarily on the Internet for collecting census data, thereby creating new avenues for fraud and disruption. A new report from the JASON scientific advisory panel describes the problem and outlines some solutions. Read More Employees of the U.S. intelligence community are expected to be bold, innovative and imbued with moral courage. Read More Read More A newly updated Department of Defense publication affirms the importance of public outreach, not simply as a gesture towards democratic governance, but also as an instrument of operational utility. Read More Read More Read More
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