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Draw Giraffe, See a Movie
October 8, 2016

It struck me today as I was drawing giraffes with 4 year old Hazel that within a few years it should be possible for a child to draw an animal, whether it be a giraffe or a dog, and have the computer use that as a style blueprint.

It should then be able to take the pre-rendered model for a short movie involving that animal and use the stylized version of the animal when rendering a new cut of that movie.

It might also be possible for the child to give some direction about what should happen in the movie, such as the giraffe running from a lion and then escaping by jumping over a river, and have the movie include those components.

How far away are we from that? Could a compelling prototype be built within 10 years perhaps?

Graph-powered Machine Learning at Google
October 7, 2016

This looks very promising and fits very well with the way I tend to think about things.

2016: The Year of Space
April 30, 2016

2016 is shaping up to be the most interesting year for space flight since the days of Apollo, especially if you book-end it with the tale end of 2015.

Dec 2015
First successful Falcon 9 landing (on land)
First flight of Falcon 9 v 1.2
Return to flight after June mishap
April 2016: First successful barge landing
April 2016: SpaceX announces plans for 2018 landing of 5 tonnes on Mars (huge surprise)
July/August/Sept: First re-flight of Falcon 9 booster
August: SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition
September: Reveal of Mars plans
Nov/Dec/Jan: First flight of Falcon Heavy
On top of all of that: Up to 18 flights and landing attempts of Falcon 9
Blue Origin's first re-flight of their rocket (and in late 2015, the first landing)

(Also of recent was the reveal of Pluto)

The above represents a lot of very momentous events, all packed into little more than a year. If you're someone intrigued by spaceflight, it's perhaps analogous to the year a sports nutt's favorite hockey team won the Stanley Cup and set all sorts of records.

It could all come to a grinding half if and when the next rocket blows up, but if all goes according to plan, it will be a crazy year.

Widening the scope technology wise, we've also recently had:

Sept 2015: Autopilot beta goes live -- first compelling semi-autonomous technology on the market
Sept 2015: Release/reveal of Tesla Model X
March 2016: Reveal of Tesla Model 3, with 400,000 reservations
Gigafactory phase 1 starting to come on line
Volvo's announcement of 2017 program that will feature real families driving fully autonomous vehicles on select roads
AlphaGo beats world "Go" champion
Deep Learning making big strides
Gravitational waves

There's a lot happening...

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