George Hotz: From Self-Driving Cars to Robots That Cook and Clean
George Hotz, the hacker and entrepreneur who as a teenager became famous as the first person to jailbreak the iPhone and then the PlayStation 3, is determined to build a human-level artificial general intelligence. As a first step, he’s racing to build the world’s first fully self-driving car system.
Hotz’s company, comma.ai, which has raised $8.1 million, is competing against giants like Google offshoot Waymo, Amazon-owned Zoox, and General Motors project Cruise. Those efforts rely on custom vehicles with expensive sensor arrays such as LIDAR—light detection and ranging—to identify surrounding objects and people, navigating a pre-mapped path. Hotz says his better-financed competitors have misled the public with hype about what their products can do and on what time scale.
But comma.ai takes a radically different approach, using vision alone to analyze the road ahead and drive as a human would. Its latest product, the comma three, runs on a smartphone processor and
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