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…but is it any good?

Sonntag, Mai 17th, 2009

Actually, I am euphoric but try to cover that up. Really!

After short-lived flickers of life in Wolfram|Alpha over the last couple of days it finally seems up and running. Or, should I rather say „public“? Because — beliving the machine itsself — they were secretly creating that monster for years.

> how old are you?
> 1.635 days

So the thing actually is kind of self-aware. And as I am not, at least in mathematical terms, why bother figuring out which day that was.

> today - 1635 days
> Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Well, ok — it knows math. No surprise there (Enormously helpful, though).

So much for the moment. Sure there will be tons and tons of reviews all over the internet soon. Till then let’s give the hard working developers at Wolfram|Alpha a first applause and some time to head for the further goals they declaredly strive for.

> Who is your daddy?
> Human Discourse: Additional functionality for this topic is under development...

Thanks. We are all looking forward…

Carolo – German mini car DARPA clone

Sonntag, Februar 1st, 2009

This year’s Carolo challenge will be held at the university of Braunschweig on February 10.

Like in the famous DARPA urban challange the vehicles will have to completely rely on their onboard sensors and processing power, as no external (i.e. human) help is to be provided. Major difference — the cars are in scale 1:10, a fact which also may be influenced by the available budgets. All competitors are teams of students.

http://www.wdr.de/mediathek/html/regional/2008/03/07/lokac_01.xml  [video, german] – link defunc