MIT has created a device that will let users see people through walls with a good bit of detail, giving information including who the person is, where they're standing, arm and body movement and even chest movement from breathing. And what is it using for this X-ray vision capability? Wi-Fi signal reflections.
The mechanical cat makes essentially the same calculations a human does in determining the size of an obstacle, the distance away, where to land the first footfall, when to begin the jump, what body parts to move in the jump, and when and how to land on the other side. That is a lot of calculations to do in very little time. The robo-cheetah does it all in about 100 milliseconds.
The top news stories for Feb. 4, 2015.
By combining human ability with computerized capabilities, problems in the analysis can be found faster. MIT's tool allows the human to quickly identify aberrant results and even reconfigure the visualization without them.
Every Daimler Trucks North America truck sold over the last two years has been equipped with a sensor that sends information about the truck to the company's call center if it detects an abnormality, said Dieter Haban, chief information officer of Daimler Trucks North America, during a panel at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.
I sat in on an interesting session Wednesday morning at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium being held in Cambridge, Mass., involving four MIT professors sharing their work and insights on the frontier between humans and machines.
Last week UC Berkeley held a daylong workshop on "Big Data: Values and Governance." It was yet one more example of how discussions pertaining to big data use and related privacy issues are increasingly being held publicly rather than behind closed doors. And this is as it should be.
Apparently President Obama's call for a review of privacy issues was not just sound byte fodder for cable news as the effort is underway on several fronts. On March 3, the White House and MIT will cohost a day long workshop to address and explore the issues.
Looking to develop your big data skills or improve upon them--but not so happy about the idea of pursuing another degree? Then you may be happy to hear that MIT is offering an online big data course for tech pros. It runs from March 4 to April 1 and costs $495.
The greater the amount of personal data that becomes available, the more informative the data gets.