ENP 162 Wrap Up

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So there I was last week, thinking about how to best summarize my experience in ENP 162 in a Blog while I was getting my kids ready for school one morning. My phone made a buzz for an incoming text message, but when I looked it was actually a notification from my Maps app. The message said, “7 min to High St, Take Boston Ave, Traffic is light”. This was very peculiar to me, partially because it was the first time Maps had ever sent me a message, unprovoked. But the oddest part, is that I was literally about to […]

HAL 9000: Meanest ChatBot Ever!

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Well, HAL hasn’t exactly existed yet aside from movie magic and our imagination. In case you are not a big Sci Fi fan and have no idea what I am describing here, HAL 9000 (just called HAL, affectionately), is an all powerful super computer from Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”, which is based on Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel”. In A Space Odyssey, which is one of my favorite space stories, HAL is the main computer controlling all ship systems for a group of astronauts on a secret mission exploring the potential for extra terrestrial life in […]

StarLink: Get Ready for lots of IoT (and lots of space junk)!

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In case you didn’t know, SpaceX is working extra hard to give every living/breathing and every non-living/non-breathing thing on Earth instant internet access with a constellation of ~50,000 satellites (no typo). Called StarLink, SpaceX hopes to offer this service to lucky North Americans as early as 2020. With approximately ~120 StarLink satellites already in orbit as of November, 2019, SpaceX is beaming internet across the U.S. as you read this (Elon Musk already texts and Tweets via StarLink, fyi). Internet access for people is certainly a main priority for SpaceX in this endeavor, especially because high performance internet without geographic […]

GPS: Do We Realize How Lucky We Are?

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GPS may not be the world’s first satellite-based global radio-navigation system (Transit was), but it is by far the most successful and widely used system of its kind today. While you may consider the steep development costs (~$20B) and annual maintenance costs (~$1B) to be overly pricey, all feelings of buyer’s remorse (taxes…the horror, the horror) should instantly evaporate with the awareness of the unforeseen success and realized global economic benefit of GPS (>$300B per year benefit for >2B users). That’s quite a large profit margin isn’t it? You’re welcome! GPS, known as Global Position System, was developed by the U.S. […]

When it comes to Emotive Display perfection …

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Look no further than the King (and Queen) … Disney! My children (currently 8 years, 6 years, and 4 years) have been faithful Disney [and Pixar] followers their entire, albeit short, lives. Part of this devotion is probably owed to my wife’s equal life long loyalty to Disney. I am a bit of a different breed. I didn’t grow up on the Disney “brand” and only recently immersed in the Disney lifestyle since my children were born. When we lived in Florida we frequented Disney World with our kids and I had the chance to see firsthand how Disney has […]

Machines Can Now Dream (thank you Google)!

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Machine learning is a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building. It is a branch of artificial intelligence based on the idea that systems can learn from data, identify patterns and make decisions with minimal human intervention. The function and application of Neural Network are at the heart of Machine Learning. Advances in Machine Learning have developed our current day Consumer Industry and changed the way we shop and interact in this industry. Social corners from Social Media (think Facebook and Twitter) to Finance (think AmEx monitoring your charge card for fraud activity) have developed Machine Learning to make […]

Can the Humans of the Future escape the Orwellian nightmare?

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The Chinese government’s Social Credit System (SCS), first announced in 2014, is supposed to be fully operational by 2020. The pilot program has been in effect for years and already affected millions of Chinese citizens. And yes, the program will be mandatory. If you haven’t heard of SCS then read this, this, and this. The SCS is a living / digitally-implemented / secretive government run program meant to rate the “credit” or “reputation” of all citizens and businesses. It vows to “make trustworthy people benefit everywhere and untrustworthy people restricted everywhere”. The Chinese government will (already does) use this “credit” […]

Signal Detection for Land Based Search and Rescue (SAR)

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Signal Detection Theory is a theoretical framework dating back to the 1800’s. However it was not until the 1950’s before the field was thrust into mainstream psychology research initiatives by Peterson and Birdsall. Their publication “The Theory of Signal Detectability” was published in 1954 in support of University of Michigan research and was primarily focused on signal detection theory relating to electronic radar applications. The underlying objective involved manipulating criterion to either increase or decrease true and false detections of a radar signal. The “business” of Search and Rescue (SAR), whether land or aerial based, has benefited greatly from signal […]

Intelligent Transportation

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What if we could could make a safer world and eliminate traffic fatalities? Or increase traffic efficiency thereby optimizing resources making our world Greener? These goals are the vision of the DoT’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) initiative. The two priorities of ITS are to realize Connected Vehicle (CV) Implementation and Advance Automation. My blog will explore the basics of CV technology which is a critical stepping stone to advancing transportation automation capabilities of the future. So what is CV tech? Connected Vehicle tech aims to enable safe and interoperable networked wireless communications among vehicles, infrastructure and people utilizing Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) […]

Hello!….& Effects of automation on military aviation capability

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Greetings! My name is Mike Feltovic and I am a @USCG helicopter pilot by trade and currently studying Human Factors Engineering at @Tufts (Go Jumbos!). Very happy to be here… and happy to be discussing HFE topics with you over the coming months! To open things we will be discussing how “automation” has impacted and evolved human-(aviation)machine-systems in military aviation over the last ~50 years. Let’s break up the large 50 year period into three smaller ones…”Early years”, “Pre-Vietnam era”, and “Current Day”. Robert Mason elegantly describes the major evolution over the first two periods in his Vietnam aviation novel […]