Among the many tidbits of wisdom that Elon Musk dropped at a Tesla company investor event early this week was the revelation that LIDAR, a laser-based scanning technology that images objects in 3D, was “friggin’ stupid”, and that “...anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed”.
It seemed a grandiose claim given how many autonomous car initiatives rely on the tech, but Cornell researchers have just backed up Musk’s predictions with a new method for self-driving cars to see the world in 3D using a pair of cheap cameras.
Remember a couple of weeks ago when we learned that humans were monitoring Amazon Alexa commands, essentially spying on users in the name of product improvement? Well, we have some more bad news about the always-on microphone that we’ve all invited into our homes. Employees at Amazon can “easily” discover any user’s home address.