Robot Race III
DARPA [PDF] has put a good spin on the rather lackluster results of its robot race:
Ã¢€œToday was a most important first step in a long journey,Ã¢€ said Dr. Anthony Tether, Director of DARPA. Ã¢€œAlthough none of the vehicles completed the course, and we were not able to award the cash prize, we learned a tremendous amount today about autonomous ground vehicle technology. Some vehicles made it seven miles, some made only one mile, but they all made it to the Challenge, and that in itself is a remarkable accomplishment.Ã¢€
Thomas Edison is quoted as having said, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.” Perhaps Dr. Tether is operating on the same principle.
well…. The guy sorta has a point. They had a qualifying event that just 2 years ago nobody would have gotten thru.
His glasses might be a little tinted but they are not completely rose colored.
Yep. That’s the nature of trying to do quantum leaps in technology–failure is to be expected.
If you wanna know how stupid computers are just look at
your spam filter. Were these autos completely autonimous
or were they remote control? I’m assuming autonimous
Wouldn’t that be easier/cheaper/more effective to make them remote control?
Actually it would be easier and cheaper to just put a human driver in the vehicle. But doing that or making them remote control would sort of defeat the purpose of encouraging the advancement of technology that would allow them to operate autonimously.