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Marcellino Gemelli

ASSNs: The Proliferation of Sensor Fusion

Marcellino Gemelli
D Feucht
D Feucht
11/30/2014 4:54:00 PM
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Re: The Larger Context of Technology
"What nefarious purposes do you foresee BIG brother can use it for [?]"


This is not hard to figure out. Control requires observation, and any technology that allows for observation of people enchances such control. Watch the movie Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone and Earl Schwartzenegger, for an example.

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nasimson
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11/30/2014 4:33:23 AM
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@ Gimelli:

Somehow this blog went unnoticed. Given the prevalence of motion sensors, gyroscopes and accelerometers, this blog could have attracted some very interesting discussion.

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nasimson
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11/30/2014 4:30:02 AM
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> Although motion detection has some obviously good uses, it can also
> be used for nefarious purposes in a time when Big Brother is on the rise.

@ Feucht: 

What nefarious purposes do you foresee BIG brother can use it for. So far the applications we have seen are pretty harmless, and in fact pretty useful.

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D Feucht
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10/30/2014 7:33:04 PM
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The Larger Context of Technology
"... ultimately improving quality of life."

"... allowing developers to focus on creating world-changing products that forever alter how we relate to one another."

These comments lead us (some of us) to reflect on the larger implications of technology. Although motion detection has some obviously good uses, it can also be used for nefarious purposes in a time when Big Brother is on the rise. It also might not be the simplest way to solve some of the problems to which it has been applied.

On the other hand. with vastly decreasing MIPS/$ and MIPS/mm^2, it is nevertheless fascinating to ponder the possibilities for low-cost sensors. The mobile roboticists, such as Hans Moravec at the Carnegie-Mellon Field Robotics Center in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, have developed robotic sensor fusion over the previous decades to where it is now feasible to apply it to autonomous (except for human oversight) mobile robots. Marc Raibert in Boston is also applying it to four-legged walkers to great effect. It should not be long before motion sensors appear in consumer products that walk on four, or even two, legs and obviate the need for wheels and smooth surfaces on which to travel. A four-legged vacuum cleaner, anyone?

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