The USPS Tests Out Self-Driving Trucks for Hauling Mail
- To build a high-resolution record of three freeways in three states, TuSimple executed what founder and CTO Xiaodi Hou calls an “involuntary upgrade of our mapping infrastructure.” (It used human-driven cars to do that work.) For the 1,000-mile, 20-hour drive, it had to increase the truck’s hard drive storage space to handle all the data the system will produce.
- For this pilot, the human driver will handle the truck on surface streets, but Hou says TuSimple is already looking to a second phase of the pilot, where the robot does all the work.
- The system can handle high winds, night driving (handling high beams was a pain), and rain, Hou says, while ice on the road remains “a nasty problem.” If it never succeeds, the Postal Service has a team of mules up for the task.
The Negotiability of “Severity” Levels
- In some cases, the concept of severity level is used by people responding to an incident as a way to describe their current assessment of the event to relay to others.
- Whether this data represents the value people believe it does, is a different story, but in situations where line-level managers are creating these spreadsheets and charts for presentation or delivery to higher levels of management, many of them report that they don’t have a clear understanding of the value of this exercise and that these calculations do not represent what upper management assumes they do.
- Clearly, this can’t be the case; some severity level definitions allow for a “sev 1” label to be applied to an event whose resolution was straightforward, and in our experience, it is not difficult to locate “sev 4” events that puzzle even the most experienced engineers for a long time.
The most famous women in NASA history
- Women have played crucial roles in NASA's history of space exploration, from performing calculations to sending astronauts to the moon to launching into space themselves as mission specialists and commanders.
- She joined NACA (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which later became NASA) in 1939 and was its first female engineer, working on turbines in wind tunnels and researching supersonic flight.
- Mary Jackson was a "human computer" in the segregated West Area Computing Unit before working with engineers on NACA's Supersonic Pressure Tunnel that blew winds at two times the speed of sound.
- After the Challenger explosion grounded NASA's shuttle program, she took a leave of absence and returned in 1996 as chief of the space station branch.
- The first American woman to walk in space, Kathryn Sullivan spent over 532 hours in orbit during her time as an astronaut at NASA.
IBM 360 Model 20 Rescue and Restoration
- Adam Bradley – Adam is multi-talented engineer who’s been involved in the computer history field for over a decade at The National Museum of Computing.
- Adam is a Railway Software Engineer day to day, and when he’s not playing with computers he’s probably under the bonnet of a car or making something vehicle related.
- Chris has been involved in many interesting projects in the past, mostly focused around the UK Railway system.
- Chris has also been involved with The National Museum of Computing for some time.
- Peter Vaughan – Peter is an engineer currently working in the Medical industry.
- He also looks after the IBM 1130 which can currently be seen in operation at The National Museum of Computing.
- Peter volunteers at the National Museum of Computing where he’s been a core volunteer for well over a decade.
What to know about Robert F. Smith, the man paying off Morehouse grads' student loans
- Smith is the richest black person in the United States, with a net worth of $5 billion, according to Forbes.
- He's the founder of the investment firm Vista Equity, which boasts capital commitments of $46 billion, according to its website.
- He attended business school at Columbia University and went on to make a fortune off investing in the technology sector, working for Goldman Sachs before starting Vista Equity in 2000.
- In 2016, he pledged $50 million to Cornell University, one of his alma maters, to support its chemical and biomolecular engineering school, as well as black and female engineering students.
- Smith said he would invest half of his net worth during his lifetime to causes that support equality for black Americans and the environment, while his wife, model Hope Dworaczyk Smith, would focus on helping children.
It was already a proud day for these new college graduates. Then a billionaire told them he's paying off their student loans
- Students couldn't believe their ears when Smith made the announcement, three graduates of the all-men's college told CNN.
- Epps said he has about $35,000 in student loan debt that his parents in Pleasanton, California, had pledged to help him pay off.
- In addition to the 22-year-old New Yorker's own $90,000 debt, he said his mother took out a loan to help get him through school.
- He worked for Goldman Sachs, specializing in technology investments, before starting Vista Equity in 2000.
- Vista Equity invests solely in software, data, and technology companies and boasts capital commitments of $46 billion, the company's website says.
- In 2016, Cornell University, one of his alma maters, renamed its chemical and biomolecular engineering school in honor of the Austin, Texas, investor after he committed to donating $50 million to the school.
- In signing the pledge, Smith said he would focus on causes that support equality for black Americans and the environment.