By Jeff Bier – When we think about embedded vision (or, more generically, computer vision), we typically think about algorithms for identifying objects: a car, a curb, a pedestrian, etc. And, to be sure, identifying objects is an important part of visual intelligence. But it’s only one part.
Particularly for devices that interact with the physical world, it’s important to know not only what objects are in the vicinity, but also where they are.
Knowing where things are enables a camera to focus on faces when taking a photo, a vacuum cleaning robot to avoid getting wedged under the sofa, and a factory robot to safely collaborate with humans. Similarly, it’s often useful to know the size and shape of objects – for example, to enable a robot to grasp them.
Historically, depth sensors have been bulky and expensive, like the LiDAR sensors seen on top of Google’s self-driving car prototypes. But this is changing fast. The first version of the Microsoft Kinect, introduced in 2010, showed that it was possible – and useful – to incorporate depth sensing into a consumer product.
Since then, many companies have made enormous investments to create depth sensors that are more accurate, smaller, less expensive and less power hungry. Other companies (such as Google with Project Tango and Intel with RealSense) have invested in algorithms and software to turn raw depth sensor data into data that applications can use. And application developers are finding lots of ways to use this data. more> https://goo.gl/AhMCOe
Posted in Broadband, Business, Communication industry, Economic development, Economy, Education, FCC
Tagged Broadband, Business improvement, Computer vision, Electronics, LIDAR, Sensors
By Meredith McGehee – Why do supporters go to the trouble of creating innocuous-sounding groups that fund all the ads? Because it works.
Viewers are more likely to be persuaded by political TV ads, several recent studies reveal, when the groups behind them are undisclosed. The studies help explain why ads by secret independent groups have become the vehicle of choice in the 2016 presidential election.
Recognizing that it makes a big difference when a viewer or listener knows the actual sponsor behind an ad can help build a strong case for why the Federal Communications Commission needs to enforce on-air sponsorship requirements.
Even in the age of social media, television continues to stand out as “the most influential medium when it comes to voting behavior among all age groups and political affiliations,” according to a new study. So U.S. voters need to know who is behind the political ads broadcast on television. more> http://goo.gl/4L2t1O
Posted in Communication industry, CONGRESS WATCH, Economy, FCC, Leadership, Media, Net
Tagged Congress Watch, Election campaign, FCC, Government, Leadership, Regulations, United States
By Ryan Radia – Unless the courts or Congress rein it in, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might soon transform itself into the Internet Regulation Commission.
To understand the FCC’s latest power grab, think back to 1996 — the year America Online introduced its unlimited dial-up service.
That’s the last time Congress rewrote federal telecom laws, albeit making barely any mention of the Internet. One new provision, Section 706, instructed the FCC and the states to use their powers to encourage the expansion of speedy Internet access and promote infrastructure investment.
This provision sounds simple enough, but as current FCC leadership sees it, the law is an invitation for potentially boundless regulation. more> http://goo.gl/JLFxo0
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Tagged Broadband, Congress Watch, Government, Internet, Regulations, United States, Wireless, Wireline
By Scott Cleland – The U.S. government’s Internet priorities in Europe are upside down.
It has chosen bits over bodies, prioritizing protecting the neutrality of innumerable inanimate Internet bits over protecting peoples’ privacy and personal data.
The European Court of Justice has made it doubly clear that Europeans have a right to privacy concerning how Big Internet companies collect and use Europeans’ private data in Europe and that the European Court of Justice will be vigilant in protecting Europeans’ privacy going forward.
In stark contrast, Big Internet companies’ lobbying in the U.S. has been very successful in ensuring that Americans have virtually no right to privacy concerning Big Internet companies. Both the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have proven very weak Big Internet privacy enforcers. more> http://tinyurl.com/ommyahp
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Tagged Broadband, Business, Government, Internet, Leadership, Net Neutrality, Regulations, Super regions, United States
By Tony Romm – Even the agency’s staunchest defenders in Congress have learned: When it came to funding broadband projects, RUS (Rural Utilities Service) never found its footing in the digital age.
The checkered performance of RUS offers an all-too-familiar story of an obscure federal agency that has grown despite documented failures, thanks in large part to its political patrons in Congress.
The massive infusion of stimulus money, which required RUS to disperse record sums faster than it ever had before, further exposed its weaknesses — troubles that in many ways remain unaddressed, despite repeated warnings — even as RUS continues lending. more> http://tinyurl.com/nczsat9
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Tagged Broadband, Capital, Congress Watch, Government, Internet, Leadership, Regulations, United States