Four short links: 6 October 2016

Maps, Manufacturing, Bias, and Vulnerabilities

By Nat Torkington
October 6, 2016
  1. Introducing Cartographer — Google open sources a SLAM library. SLAM algorithms combine data from various sensors (e.g. LIDAR, IMU and cameras) to simultaneously compute the position of the sensor and a map of the robot’s surroundings. Comes with prebuilt ROS integation.
  2. Why Are Politicians So Obsessed with Manufacturing? (NY Times) — From an economic perspective, however, there can be no revival of American manufacturing, because there has been no collapse. Because of automation, there are far fewer jobs in factories. But the value of stuff made in America reached a record high in the first quarter of 2016, even after adjusting for inflation. The present moment, in other words, is the most productive in the nation’s history.
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  4. Bias in Computer Systems (PDF) — 1996 paper that’s very applicable today, featuring a great list of biases. (via @thricedotted)
  5. Dramatically Reducing Software Vulnerabilities (PDF) — Report to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
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