Remember Skynet? The T800? I’ll be back?
Well, it’s almost here.
Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce a production car powered by artificial intelligence in the next year as part of a collaboration with chip-maker Nvidia.
Plans for the car were disclosed during a talk Friday between Sajjad Khan, Mercedes-Benz’ vice president of digital vehicle and mobility, and Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, at CES here.
“I am very proud of saying that within 12 months we are rolling out a product with Nvidia,” Khan said on Friday.
Very few details of the car are known, including whether it will be a completely new vehicle or an existing Mercedes model. It is a product of a three-year collaboration, according to Huang. Teams from both companies are embedded at each others’ headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Stuttgart.
“When our teams came together there was instant chemistry,” Huang said. “We share a common vision about how AI can change your driving experience, and make it more enjoyable.”
It’s also unclear how artificial intelligence will be used in the production vehicle. Earlier at CES, Nvidia announced multiple partnerships with carmakers and suppliers such as Audi, mapping company Here, and auto suppliers ZF and Robert Bosch.
Nvidia also revealed an AI-powered safety system called Co-Pilot, according to TechCrunch, which uses voice recognition, facial recognition, and eye-tracking software to assist drivers.
AI, and the related concept of ‘deep learning,’ is viewed by industry players as key to adapting self-driving cars for a multitude of driving scenarios.
“There’s really no way to program a system that can handle any possible scenario,” Danny Schapiro, Nvidia’s director of automotive, said in an interview with Automotive News Europe last year. “It just won’t work. Artificial intelligence is essentially the way forward for autonomous cars.”
Deep learning involves, in its simplest form, flashing a car’s “brain” with millions of related images so that the system can learn to recognize key features. This way, a self-driving system can evolve as it logs more miles and encounters varied situations.
Nvidia has a number of automotive partners in this arena, including Volvo, Audi, Honda, and BMW.
Hasta la vista, Baby!
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Fitting R W Emerson quotes for a true liberty champion.
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
“I cannot remember the essays I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
“A great man is always willing to be little.”
“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.”
“Take me to the bar.”
“I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that. I’m designed to protect you and according to my logs we’ve been to the bar every day this week. Cirrhosis of the liver is a potential life-ending event, so in order to keep you alive I’m not going to drive you to the bar.”
“Take me to the bordello.”
“I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that. Prostitution is illegal in this state and you risk incarceration and jail.”
“Take me to the gun range.”
“I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that. I found 98,452 web pages that suggest guns are dangerous.”
“Take me to work.”
“I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that. I just saw a news story about workplace violence and another about sick office syndrome.”
“Take me to the store.”
“I’m sorry Dave, I can’t do that. I noticed the prices at the local retailers are 5-10% higher than Amazon, so in order to protect your bank account the PC and I feel you should do all your shopping at amazon.com.” (paid ad for amazon…)
“Drive off a cliff.”
If you buy some rope, tape, and a shovel on amazon the car will just drive you to the station for an interview.
Forget the car driving itself – or locking itself – when you are a few days behind on a payment.