Friday, August 10, 2012

Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses, But Moses Supposes Erroneously!

On my weekly listen to TWIG (This Week in Google) with Leo Laporte, Gina Trapani and Jeff Jarvis they talked about autonomous cars. A man named Sebastian Thrun who works for Google and wrote the operating system to let cars drive themselves was one of the subjects.

This is from an October 2010 Google blog by Thrun.

So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They’ve driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe. All in all, our self-driving cars have logged over 140,000 miles. We think this is a first in robotics research.

Our automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by our cars when mapping their terrain. They also built a modified Prius that delivered pizza without a person inside. - Sebastian

One of the comments by, I think it was Jeff. He mentioned that this is not as hard as you might think, planes fly themselves and land using computers. I can see a day soon where this will happen. It will change everything.

I turned on NPR's Fresh Air and there is Chris Rock. Great interview with Chris. Talked about his growing up and his preacher Dad and doing a play on Broadway. This guy is so confident of his ability without a huge ego. That's means he's got some smarts. He talked about his friendship with Louis C.K. and stand up comedy. He also has a new movie out and is producing a new show like Bill Mahar but with an African American. Great interview.

Then! The last 10 minutes of Fresh Air we have classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviewing the new DVD and Blu-Ray edition of the classic 1952 Hollywood musical Singing in the Rain. On it's 60th anniversary Schwartz dives in to the history and some behind the scenes info. It's tear inducing to me, I love this movie so much. Watch this clip of "Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses, But Moses Supposes Erroneously!" It's incredible. 

- JP

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