Re: Come to the DARPA Grand Challenge Robot Race this Saturday!
- That settles it, I'm going (the CMU Alumni will also be there). See
you in Santa Monica tomorrow night.
Go Red Team!
Kevin D. Keck
--- In email@example.com, "singularian" <johnsmart@a...> wrote:
> Hi Bay Area Futurists,
> This Saturday, March 13, from 6:30 am to whenever, is the first
> annual Grand Challenge Robot Race! A bunch of autonomous vehicles
> will attempt to drive themselves from Barstow, CA to Las Vegas, NV.
> Website: http://www.darpa.mil/grandchallenge/
> Twenty teams are qualifying their bots this week at the CA Motor
> Speedway. Those that pass muster will race this Saturday for a $1
> million dollar prize for the first to finish the entire
> offroad/onroad course. There may be no winners this year, but it
> will be great to see them try. SD Futurist Steve Scher has done work
> on one of the twenty entrants. Congrats Steve!
> The designated official viewing place for the Race is Buffalo Bill's
> Casino in Primm, NV, on the I-15 at the CA/NV border, 4.5 hours from
> LA and 35 miles from Las Vegas.
> Homepage: http://www.primmvalleygolf.com/pages/pvr_frameset.asp?
> For a map, click on "Contact Us / FAQ".
> Their 6,000 seat (!!) "Star of the Desert" Arena is set up for
> monitoring the race from 6am to 7pm this Saturday, March 13th.
> Hopefully, a bunch of very interesting future folk will be
> converging on this spot. There could even be smoky back rooms with
> betting on the various entries (maybe not). Several LA Futurists
> will be there, and I sincerely hope to see some Bay Area, San Diego,
> and of course Las Vegas Futurists joining us to share this momentous
> Todd Huffman, Paul Grasshoff and I will be heading out of LA
> probably around 7am to get to Buffalo Bill's by noon. We'll watch
> videos of the 6:30am start and the race's progress at the Arena,
> where I'm sure a lot of replays and updates will be occurring.
> Bring your swimsuits if you want to try to sneak a swim in their
> buffalo-shaped pool :) When the race is over we'll see if we can
> meet up with any of the teams (I don't know yet if that is possible,
> but I'll bet they've got something planned). We'll likely go to
> dinner in Primm, maybe do a few touristy things (rollercoaster?).
> After Dinner, many of us will head back home while some will head on
> to Vegas for an evening and overnight in the Big City, driving back
> Sunday morning. Are you in or are you In? You're so money, baby.
> Come to this Friday's LA Futurists in Santa Monica, March 12th 7-
> 9:30pm, http://singularitywatch.com/LAFcalendar.html if you want to
> figure out carpooling with people, or email me
> (johnsmart@a...) if you have a car to share or need a
> ride. Some motivated peeps will be leaving LA very early on Saturday
> (2am?) to go to the actual start of the race. You can hook up with
> them at LA Futurists if you are one of those.
> If you can spare the time, I really hope you can join us! This
> amazing event is comparable to the birth of flight at the beginning
> of the last century. Yet it will be far more momentous in its
> ultimate impact. Autonomous vehicles driving us around on automated
> highway and roadway systems will be available all over the planet by
> the end (middle?) of this century, will prevent tens of thousands of
> annual fatalities in this country, and will allow a fusion of mass
> and individual transit into one incredibly energy efficient, safe
> system. Imagine falling asleep in LA and waking up in NY (or Russia,
> across a Bering strait chunnel), all while being driven and refueled
> automatically by your super efficient, zero emission hybrid robot
> car. Or all over the big cities in automatic and largely underground
> highway systems, allowing us to take back greenspace on the surface.
> Sign me up! Also, the robotics knowledge we learn in terms of vision
> and guidance will be transferable to all the myriad industrial and
> consumer bots we build to help humans in coming years.
> See you there friends!!
> John Smart
> President, Institute for Accelerating Change
> 1536 W 25th Street, #510
> San Pedro, CA 90732
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