Human pilot beats AI in NASAs drone race

first_imgWashington, Nov 23 (PTI) An expert human pilot was successfully able to beat flying drones controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) systems in a race organised by NASA.However, the AI-driven drones were more consistent in their performance, scientists said.Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes. Researchers at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the US put their work to the test recently.Timing laps through a twisting obstacle course, they raced drones controlled by AI against world-class drone pilot Ken Loo.The team built three custom drones – dubbed Batman, Joker and Nightwing – and developed the complex algorithms the drones needed to fly at high speeds while avoiding obstacles.The drones were built to racing specifications and could easily go as fast as 129 kilometres per hour in a straight line.However, on the obstacle course set up in a JPL warehouse, they could only fly at 48 to 64 kilometres per hour before they needed to apply the brakes.”We pitted our algorithms against a human, who flies a lot more by feel,” said Rob Reid of JPL, the projects task manager.”You can actually see that the AI flies the drone smoothly around the course, whereas human pilots tend to accelerate aggressively, so their path is jerkier,” Reid said.Compared to Loo, the drones flew more cautiously but consistently. Their algorithms are still a work in progress.For example, the drones sometimes moved so fast that motion blur caused them to lose track of their surroundings.Loo attained higher speeds and was able to perform impressive aerial corkscrews. However, he was limited by exhaustion, something the AI-piloted drones did not have to deal with.advertisement”This is definitely the densest track Ive ever flown. One of my faults as a pilot is I get tired easily. When I get mentally fatigued, I start to get lost, even if Ive flown the course 10 times,” Loo said.While the AI and human pilot started out with similar lap times, after dozens of laps, Loo learned the course and became more creative and nimble.For the official laps, Loo averaged 11.1 seconds, compared to the autonomous drones, which averaged 13.9 seconds. However, the latter was more consistent overall.While Loos times varied more, the AI was able to fly the same racing line every lap.Without a human pilot, autonomous drones typically rely on GPS to find their way around. That is not an option for indoor spaces like warehouses or dense urban areas. A similar challenge is faced by autonomous cars.Camera-based localisation and mapping technologies have various potential applications, Reid added.These technologies might allow drones to check on inventory in warehouses or assist search and rescue operations at disaster sites.They might even be used eventually to help future robots navigate the corridors of a space station. PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

Werner plans move to ‘big club’

first_imgTransfers RB Leipzig striker Werner plans future move to ‘big club’ 00:00 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timo Werner Bongarts Transfers RB Leipzig RB Leipzig v Borussia M’gladbach RB Leipzig v Monaco Monaco UEFA Champions League Bundesliga After being linked with a move to Real Madrid and Liverpool, the Germany attacker says that he wants to make a step up eventually Timo Werner is open to leaving RB Leipzig due to his desire to play for a “big club”, although he is in no rush to push for a move from the Bundesliga side.Werner is reportedly a target for Real Madrid following the sale of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, while Liverpool were linked with the Germany striker last season.The 21-year-old scored 21 Bundesliga goals to fire Leipzig into the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history, with a home game against Monaco on Wednesday their debut in the competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Although Werner is already considering his next move, he is also thinking about signing a renewal of his Leipzig contract, which is set to expire in 2020.”So far, I have travelled very well with Leipzig,” Werner told Bild. “That is why I do not think about what will happen in one, two, three years.Timo Werner RB Leipzig“Of course I want to play at a big club. But we have not yet come to terms with the development in Leipzig. Perhaps RB will be a big club too – I’m quite sure.”In Spain, there are a maximum of three clubs with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. In England, there are a bit more: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City. Bayern Munich is also a big club, but for me it is not a topic that I am concerned with.”Of course, I look at the offer [of a new contract]. If I do not extend now, that does not mean that I switch [clubs] in the summer. On the other hand, it is often not the case that players stay for five years if the contract is still five years. Football is so fast, you never know where you are tomorrow.”But I feel extremely comfortable at RB and would like to play here for a while. Also for the super Leipzig fans, to give them back something for their support from the past.”3 Punkte #RBL #Bundesliga #HereToCreate— Timo Werner (@timowerner) September 9, 2017Werner, however, would not rule out the possibility of moving on from Leipzig at the end of the season, with his side fourth in the Bundesliga after three matches of the new campaign.”You can never promise something,” the forward added. “But as I said: I like it in Leipzig very much.”And I am not one who has to go [to another club], where I may earn much more, if I can stay with a club where I develop better and know what I have.”last_img read more

Disabled Community on Board with NIDS

first_imgStory Highlights Members of the disabled community are looking forward to the benefits they will enjoy with their inclusion in the proposed National Identification System (NIDS). Members of the disabled community are looking forward to the benefits they will enjoy with their inclusion in the proposed National Identification System (NIDS).This is according to Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, who said mentally challenged persons in particular “are very happy with what is to come”.“They are locked out right now. They can’t get an ID because you can’t get one if you’re mentally challenged – you can’t get a voter’s ID and you cannot get a driver’s licence. The only thing they have access to now is a passport, which is very expensive if you are not travelling,” she pointed out.Mrs. Lynch-Stewart, who was addressing a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kingston at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 8), said that the disabled community has been included in the process to introduce NIDS, noting that “they are on board with us and working with us”.“We have been working very closely with the disabled community. Right now, we are working on the regulations to the law, and they are actively a part of the working group, because we are making every effort to make sure that we recognise whatever the needs of that community are, and that’s why we have brought them to the table as they know best what they need,” she said.NIDS is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans. Each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), and an identification card that they will have for life.In the meantime, Mrs. Lynch-Stewart informed that members of the public will have a say in determining what information will be displayed on the proposed National Identification card.“As soon as we have a final mock-up of what the card will look like, it will be shared with the public for comments,” she said.She noted, however, that it would be unlikely that information such as a person’s address will be included on the card, as addresses may change over time, and it would be impractical to have persons update the card each time.Following the implementation of NIDS, Jamaican citizens and legal residents will require only one ID to access government and private-sector services. This is to ensure the safety and the security of their identities, boost efficiency and reduce costs, while improving quality of life.The rollout of NIDS is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019, focusing on civil servants. The layered rollout and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority, which will replace the Registrar General’s Department and provide more enhanced services.The National Identification and Registration Bill, which sought to establish NIDS, has been enacted. The legislation was passed in both Houses of Parliament in November last year. This is according to Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, who said mentally challenged persons in particular “are very happy with what is to come”. “They are locked out right now. They can’t get an ID because you can’t get one if you’re mentally challenged – you can’t get a voter’s ID and you cannot get a driver’s licence. The only thing they have access to now is a passport, which is very expensive if you are not travelling,” she pointed out. last_img read more

Rows break out in House of Assembly Speaker demands apologies and withdrawals

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Recommended for you Related Items:amanda missick, house of assembly, robert hall, sean astwood Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Nov 2015 – There was turbulence yesterday in the House of Assembly which not only forced a recess but drew angry remarks, chastising comments, some seeming legal representation, firm defenses and reluctant apologies. Hon Robert Hall, Speaker of the House of Assembly: “A member may not include offensive or insulting language in relation to another member and a member must not impute improper motives to another member and that’s my decision on that, and that is not open to debate.”At least three elected officials were cited for being unparliamentarily and made to shift their attitudes, withdraw statements and aim to make amends as the Speaker, Hon Robert Hall tried to bring order to the raucous.Hon Sean Astwood, Member for Five Cays: “Mr. Speaker the statement that I made, I know it to be true so if you want me to stand here and lie on myself for my own statement…” House Speaker: “And I don’t expect you to use the word, that you just used when describing yourself…”Five Cays Member: Mr. Speaker, I withdraw the statement.”Minister, Hon Amanda Missick: “I have no reason to lie I have the texts and Whatsapp in my phone here to confirm the conversation between me and the Member for Five Cays. But if he feels it’s okay to stand here in the sight of God and say that I am not speaking the truth, then that is on him…”Speaker of the House: “Thank you…thank you…”“I want the AG to tell me, no the AG is here to give us advice. I didn’t say anything wrong, that is the problem in here, that is the problem in here…”Speaker of the House: Thank you Madame Deputy, you have made your point…”Today House members head back in for more work and will take on a titan of a problem for borrowers from the former TC Invest; as House Members have been made aware of alleged drastic demands being made by an Interim Administration established company which purchased the debt of the decommissioned investment unit.last_img read more

Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes Election Date to be announced

first_img Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #BahamasHOAreconvenes, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Long lines for Registration, Department ready for influx Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau – The House of Assembly reconvenes today in The Bahamas and when it does, the Prime Minister, Perry Christie is expected to tell the nation the exact date of the General Election and then dissolve Parliament.Ring the bell is the cultural command as thousands rushed last week to ensure that they have a voice to vote at the polls.  Registration centers were opened late to accommodate the 40,000 plus people who were eligible but delayed registering before now.The goal for the Parliamentary Registration department was to get to at least what the 2012 voter list reflected, which is 172,000 electors.  At last report, the Department was 5,000 voters away from that goal.  Grand Bahama yesterday reported having over 30,000 people registered to vote.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasHOAreconvenes#BahamasGeneralElections Exams rescheduled because of Electionlast_img read more