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

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.

My latest article in Forbes.com is about Blickfeld, a Munich-based lidar startup with expertise in mirrors and MEMS. I enjoyed interviewing Chief Experience Officer and co-founder Florian Petit.

Read the whole thing for detail on some of their interesting customers, like the Frankfurt Airport.

Originally published at http://davidsilver.blog on January 20, 2022.

At the beginning of every year I predict what will happen by the end of the year, mainly with regard to autonomous vehicles. Then at the end of every year I see how I did.

This year’s predictions are different than those of years past, because this year I am…

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.

I’ve never had a car reach 200,000 miles before! The Silver Family approach to car ownership is:

  1. Change oil regularly, at the cheapest location possible.
  2. Avoid all other types of maintenance.
  3. Buy a new car upon receiving a four-digit repair estimate.

As I’ve matured into my own person, I’ve thrown off the yolk of my parents’ approach and invested in scheduled maintenance.

Maybe this 2004 Toyota Highlander can reach 300,000 miles?

Originally published at http://davidsilver.blog on November 30, 2021.

David Silver

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

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