Single-lens, light field 4D camera to give robots and autonomous cars better vision

Two 138-degree light field panoramas (top and center) and a depth estimate of the second panorama ...

A robot is only as good as its sensors, so researchers at Stanford University and UC San Diego have developed a new “4D” camera that greatly enhances robotic vision. Billed as the first-ever single-lens, wide field of view, light field camera, the new system uses a spherical lens and advanced algorithms to capture information across a 138-degree field of view to allow robots to not only navigate, but also better understand their environment.

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Steve Bannon Says He’s ‘Going To War’ For Donald Trump — But The ‘Presidency Is Over’

If you were happy Steve Bannon was out of the White House, you should probably sit down before reading his first comments after leaving his post as Donald Trump‘s chief strategist.

In his first interview, he declared:

“If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on capitol hill, in the media, and in corporate America.”

We’ve been hearing he was straight up fired, so maybe he’s trying to save face?

Photos: Everyone Trump Has Thrown Under The Bus

But really this isn’t that unexpected. We mean, even if they disagree on some foreign policy, they’re still both pro-corporate racists. We mean, it’s not like Bannon was going to go work for Kamala Harris.

So how does Bannon plan to serve Trump? By returning to his alt-right platform, Breitbart News.

He told The Weekly Standard he had already decided with new Chief of Staff John Kelly that he was leaving nearly two weeks ago to get back to Breitbart where, he says, he can do more damage to the country:

“I feel jacked up. Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition… I can fight better on the outside. I can’t fight too many Democrats on the inside like I can on the outside.”

Scary stuff.

Video: CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Had To Take A Water Break Just To Recount Trump’s Past Month!

The silver lining is the reason Bannon gives for his departure, which is that Trump is failing to follow through on his disgusting dreams.

“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over. We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

Um. Good?

“The path forward on things like economic nationalism and immigration, and his ability to kind of move freely . . . I just think his ability to get anything done—particularly the bigger things, like the wall, the bigger, broader things that we fought for, it’s just gonna be that much harder.”

That DEFINITELY sounds good. As does Bannon’s belief that moderate Republicans are about to abandon Trump en masse.

But even if Trump starts to get sightly more moderate without Bannon to hold back the people trying to hold POTUS back, don’t forget he is in fact a horrible racist underneath it all:

“His natural tendency—and I think you saw it this week on Charlottesville—his actual default position is the position of his base, the position that got him elected. I think you’re going to see a lot of constraints on that. I think it’ll be much more conventional.”

Small victories, y’all. Small victories…

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Wheelchair-Bound 99-Year-Old Woman Shocked To Find Stranger Torching Front Lawn

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There were scary moments for a defenseless, elderly woman in the Bronx on Friday. The woman said she thinks someone tried to burn her house down.

Georgia Yelverton, a 99-year-old great, great, great-grandmother told CBS2’s Scott Rapoport that her eyes have seen a lot of things over her lifetime, but nothing quite as senseless as what happened outside her home in the Unionport section of the Bronx on Friday morning.

“Oh, it’s been very shocking and upsetting,” she said.

Police said just after midnight, just outside her window, a man she didn’t know started pouring gasoline on Yelverton’s garden and front yard fence, before lighting it up — torching her rose bushes.

Char marks were left on the sidewalk along with the top of what appears to be a lighter.

“That’s frightening. When you are handicapped and in your room, and someone tries to burn the house down and you don’t know nothing,” she said.

For Georgia who lives alone, is wheelchair bound, and recently suffered a mini-stroke, the anxiety is the worst of it.

“We don’t know if we are going out the door if someone is out there to harm us,” she said.

Georgia said she can’t understand why someone would do that to somebody.

“Your guess is as good as mine. I don’t bother anybody, I’m quiet,” she said.

Police said the firebug took off holding a gas can, and hightailed it in a red, two-door Toyota down Black Rock Avenue. He has yet to be caught, but Georgia has a message for him.

“Please don’t bother me or burn down my little rose bushes, and me and my house,” she said.

Fire investigators are now canvassing the neighborhood, hoping to find surveillance video of the crime, while police actively search for the suspect who callously vandalized and frightened the most innocent among us.

Georgia comforts herself by speculating that the person who did this mistakenly hit the wrong house.

 

 

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MTV Is Bringing Back Its ‘Unplugged’ Concert Series

MTV continues to revive some of the more celebrated shows from its archives, as Unplugged is the latest slated to make a return. Unplugged initially aired back in 1989, allowing musicians to unleash stripped-down, acoustic performances, before the series ultimately slowed down in 2009.

Pop sensation Sean Mendes is scheduled to kick off the new version of Unplugged on September 8 at LA’s Ace Hotel. MTV will then utilize various venues throughout the season(s). “Like where the artist played their first major show,” said Amani Duncan, an executive in charge of music for the show. “Or maybe they choose a location to make a pro-social statement, or it’s, ‘I always wanted to play Carnegie Hall.’”

Past performers for the intimate concert series include Mariah Carey, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and many others.

Again, MTV’s Unplugged will return September 8.



Now be sure to take a look back at when MTV didn’t suck.

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Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist, removed from role

  • White House says decision was mutual: ‘We are grateful for his service’
  • Bannon says: ‘I’m leaving and going to war for Trump against his opponents’

Steve Bannon has been removed from his post as White House chief strategist, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administration.

A statement from the White House press secretary was sent to journalists on Friday afternoon after multiple outlets reported Bannon was on his way out.

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Hacked smartphones could use sound to track your movements

The researchers tested CovertBand using a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone hooked up to a portable speaker

Malware on your smartphone – or other smart device – could someday be used to track your body position or identify your movements within a room. That’s the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Washington, who created a program that turns such devices into active sonar systems.

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Future Postpones Virginia Shows Following Racist Charlottesville Riots

Future took to Twitter to announce that he is postponing two Virginia dates of his HNDRXX tour.

The announcement was made following the racist, violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville riots that led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Hyers and injured others.

The Charlottesville show was apart of University of Virginia’s “Welcome Week” for returning students. Lil Yachty was booked for the same show. An online social media campaign called #giveUVAaCHANCE is calling for Chance The Rapper to step in for Future.

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