David Silver

Last week got a little crazy for me, so I missed the opportunity to post here about my Forbes.com article and interview with Auterion, a Swiss-American drone manufacturer.

In the past year, drone software start-up Auterion has grown its customer-base of drone manufacturers from five partners to one hundred, according to founder and CEO Lorenz Meier. The four year-old Swiss-American startup has produced drone software from the beginning, but Lorenz ties the recent inflection point to its Skynode reference hardware.

Lorenz Meier, the CEO has a lot of good quotes. Check it out.

Originally published at http://davidsilver.blog on February 2, 2022.

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My latest Forbes.com article features interviews with the CEOs of Draganfly and Digital Dream Labs, which are collaborating on a “companion drone.”

According to Draganfly co-founder and CEO Cameron Chell, the initial $9 million order calls for an initial delivery of 10,000 drones starting in 2022, with 50,000 units over the life of the initial agreement. That will make this model, codenamed Project Breezemo, the most common Draganfly product in existence.

Kind of wild that the biggest drone order (in history, maybe?) is for a companion. Read the whole thing.

Originally published at http://davidsilver.blog on January 22, 2022.

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A colleague had to miss a work co-presentation yesterday, so I made some deep fakes and inserted him in the presentation virtually. It was kind of a riot.

I was surprised how much effort this turned out to be — I kind of thought there would be a bunch of turn-key deepfake services to use. Instead, I found a Google Colab and wound up doing a lot of manual video and audio editing, and it turned out kind of comically bad.

Deepfakes still seem to require a fair amount of artistic ability, in a sense.

Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun.

Here’s a kind of comically bad deepfake of my brother Adam spouting something about Python.

Originally published at http://davidsilver.blog on December 10, 2021.

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David Silver

David Silver

I love self-driving cars and I work on them at Cruise! https://getcruise.com