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At 11:34 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

This is very, very good :)

I like That nybody won. I like that 3 groups won. I like that it only took 1 failure to win. I like that people that this seriously. I like that this could have a substancial impact on the next generation of military vehicles immediately. I like that everyone from PeaPod to FedEx will also be interested.

But I don't like the 'Bridget Jones' sequel. Abby and I just finished it. What were we thinking?!

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

Is this a porkbusters entry?

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Ivan said...

Err... it's spawning a Billion dollar industry.

DARPA is one of the few parts of the military I find underfunded. Long term research, and such prizes to catalize near-term viable technology, pay off in spades.

From a fiascal standpoint, I'll phrase it this way: income taxes alone on the new jobs created by this race will pay for it.

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Miguel said...

Kidding, bro. (I think it's cool, too!)

Obviously some special interests are better than others ...I'm just teasing when I say that everyone thinks their hobby is underfunded by the state.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I was 99% sure you were, but just couldn't let that be the last comment :)

Also, while I have a very good idea about the technical details involved in autonomous driving, I'm not even indirectly involved in it :D

On a side note, I'm going to start a new advocacy group: people named Ivan Kirigin with technical degrees get a special research grant to...errr... step 3 profit


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