At New EMC-Pivotal Dojo, App Developers Learn by Doing

first_imgThere is a secular shift at play within the IT industry. Traditional markets are eroding rapidly. As organizations seek to innovate using new digital business mediums, many are moving their infrastructures to the cloud. A major challenge they find is that building cloud apps not only means a whole new set of tools, but also a new mindset. To truly embrace any new way of doing things requires a commitment to learn by doing, which is why we are proud to announce the official opening of the new EMC-Pivotal Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts.The Dojo is “the place of the way,” the new way that we develop software in today’s world. It’s where we contribute to open source Cloud Foundry. It’s where we work with customers to build software.  It’s where we practice lean software development and continuously innovate to solve customer needs.Building Software for the CloudThe cloud is a relatively new delivery model, but customers still need to maintain the same rigorous quality, security and up-time SLAs expected in the on-premise world.  Cloud Foundry represents the best-in-class technology that customers can trust to run their businesses in the cloud.  More than just technology, it is a development platform supported by lean practices and methodologies that lead to high quality and continuous rapid innovation.Why Open a Dojo?The new EMC-Pivotal Dojo is our response to today’s rapidly changing world.  EMC has established an East and West coast presence to contribute to open source software (OSS), specifically Cloud Foundry.  We know firsthand the transition to devops and the cloud is not easy.  Visitors to our Dojo can see all of the steps involved in this new way of software development. They can see lean methodologies in practice every day. We employ XP (extreme programming) and TDD (test-driven development) to support continuous delivery. This enables us to innovate fast and learn quickly.  This rapid innovation and quick delivery is exactly what is needed to achieve a competitive advantage, and keep it.Helping Customers Learn by DoingEverything is different in this new world of IT, from the way software is built, to the way it is deployed, to the way it is consumed.  “OSS offers customers a different way to focus on their core value proposition as they pursue meeting the needs of the business.” Enterprises that embrace a lean approach to software delivery – and consequently innovate continuously, deliver quickly, and accelerate time-to-value – increase their chances of winning.  Those that don’t, risk being outpaced by the competition.  At the Dojo we act our way to new thinking and learn by doing. We are leading the way for pair programming, lean development, and open source at EMC.Come join us!Want to be a part of the Dojo? EMCers and customers alike can engage with us in three ways:Enroll in the Cloud Foundry Dojo program and earn committer statusGet involved in a Pivotal Labs customer engagementCome sit with us and learn by doing!Learn more about becoming a Cloud Foundry committer by visiting the following links:https://www.cloudfoundry.org/community/contribute/dojos/last_img read more


FB : Syracuse defense fails to contain Cincinnati’s Pead in blowout loss to Bearcats

first_imgSyracuse knew heading into its matchup with Cincinnati that Isaiah Pead was the Bearcats‘ key player.Head coach Doug Marrone called him the best running back in the Big East during his press conference to start the week. Chandler Jones called him great. Shamarko Thomas said the Orange figured the Bearcats would try to get him the ball all over the field, especially with quarterback Zach Collaros sitting out due to a broken ankle.But what caught SU by surprise was the variety of ways Cincinnati got the ball to Pead throughout the game.‘Walking him out (as a receiver) and stuff, they did a little bit of that at times,’ defensive coordinator Scott Shafer said. ‘Not as much as they did this week in the game. They did a nice job. They knew what they had.’What the Bearcats had was a workhorse back who touched the football 28 times, amassed 246 total yards and scored twice in Cincinnati’s 30-13 rout of Syracuse (5-6, 1-5 Big East) Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Pead led the Bearcats (8-3, 4-2 Big East) with 17 carries, nine catches and even returned his first two punts of his career on the way to a huge day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd his performance ultimately was the difference Saturday.‘He’s probably one of the best backs in the Big East,’ linebacker Dan Vaughan said. ‘They just wanted to give him the ball. They gave him a lot of screens out in space, and he was running up the middle, too. He was splitting us pretty good. He’s just a good back and he was making plays.’Pead’s biggest play was the backbreaker that put the game out of reach for the Orange.With SU trailing 23-13 and the clock ticking down under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Cincinnati senior lined up in the slot to the right. The Orange had a blitz called and was in man-to-man coverage, a defense susceptible against a screen pass.Most of Pead’s nine catches came via the screen and his last was exactly that. He took one jab step forward before coming back to the middle as the SU rush flew upfield. Quarterback Munchie Legaux dumped the ball to Pead, and the back followed his blockers for a 69-yard touchdown down the middle of the field.‘They had a good play call against our defense,’ the strong safety Thomas said. ‘We had man-to-man back, so they got their blocks on all of us. That’s just a touchdown regardless of any situation. They had a great scheme on.’Though Thomas felt that play would have been a touchdown no matter who was running it against the Orange, Pead made plays throughout the game that flashed his versatility. SU held him to 36 yards on the ground in the first half, but he also hauled in seven passes for an additional 37 yards before the break.And then there was his first career punt return.SU’s Jonathan Fisher launched a 50-yard punt down to the Cincinnati 10. Pead caught the ball on the left side, weaved his way back across the field and down the right sideline for a 34-yard return that set up the Bearcats‘ first field goal of the day.‘Isaiah Pead is a great player,’ the defensive end Jones said. ‘He’s versatile. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, and you can hand it off to him and he’ll split you. He just showed exactly his ability, and they did a great job of out-executing us.’On the running back’s first touch of the second half, he scampered untouched for a 24-yard touchdown run to put Cincinnati up 17-6 just 17 seconds after halftime. He returned another punt in the third quarter, and despite muffing it at first, he picked up 20 yards to set up another field goal.Shafer said the Orange defense failed to execute at times, but Cincinnati simply did a good job putting Pead in good positions to make plays.And even though Syracuse knew entering the game he was the key to the Bearcats offense, it couldn’t stop him from having a career day in the Dome.‘I knew that I had a major role, bigger than it had been all season,’ Pead said. ‘I felt that I had to embrace it. With everything going on, it was a big game, and with a rookie quarterback, I had to be a veteran.’[email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 25, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more


Danny Willett’s good luck message inspires England

first_img England – inspired by a good luck message from Masters champion Danny Willett – have taken the lead for the first time in the weekend’s international against France at Formby Golf Club.Willett, who played in this match in 2008, sent his message to the team last night and England captain Kevin Tucker commented: “They were very pleased to receive it and it was very good of the Masters champion to send it.”The team responded with high-quality golf which gave them a 3-1 win in this morning’s foursomes and an overall lead in the match of 9-7.It was England’s first win in a foursomes session since the Home Internationals of 2013 – and they couldn’t have timed it better, edging into the lead with just the final session of eight singles to be played.They need 3½ points to win, but Tucker isn’t expecting it to be easy. “We are expecting a very tight match this afternoon,” he said.This morning, England’s top pair of Alfie Plant and Bradley Moore (Image © Leaderboard Photography) led the way with par golf and a 3/2 win. They were clearly on form – for example, Plant rifled a drive into the very centre of the narrow neck on the 7th fairway – and obviously enjoying themselves.They were quickly ahead and got to four up after eight holes. The French won the 13th to reduce the gap to three but could make no further inroads, despite holing a huge putt for par on the 15th which prolonged the match. It looked as though they might survive another hole when Moore’s tee shot on the short 16th rolled back off the green and into a bunker – but the England pair coolly produced a classy up-and-down to win their game.Behind them, Ashton Turner and James Walker trailed over the opening holes but they worked their way back from two down to take the lead on the 9th – and then there was no stopping them.They went two ahead with a par three on the 10th, halved the 11th in birdie three, and got to three up with another birdie on 13. A solid par on the 15th – where their opponents ran through the green and took three to get down – closed out their game 4/3.At the bottom of the order Scott Gregory and Josh Hilleard provided plenty of excitement as they claimed their second foursomes win, this time by 3/1. They were one down after two, but responded with an eagle three to win the third and a birdie three to win the fourth. The French pair got back on level terms with their own winning birdie on the short 5th, where Ugo Coussaud almost holed his tee shot.The English pair then moved ahead, but were temporarily pulled back to all square on the 9th when the French managed an astonishing par from deep in the trees on the left. The English pair had their own share of magic, for example of the 15th where Hilleard hit the pin from 30-yards and Gregory holed the four-footer for a winning par – and then followed up with a 10-footer  on the 16th which saved par and won the game.Jamie Bower and Paul Kinnear battled away at their opponents in a tight match, but could never get ahead, despite playing good golf. They bowed out on a birdie – but so did their opponents, to close out the game 2/1.Click here for full scores 15 May 2016 Danny Willett’s good luck message inspires England last_img read more


Man City 4-1 Tottenham: Four-goal Aguero ensures Spurs pay the penalty

first_img1 Manchester City ensured they kept up with early pacesetters Chelsea as Sergio Aguero’s sensational four-goal performance saw the Blues defeat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 at the Etihad.The Argentine’s haul saw him become the club’s leading Premier League scorer as he tormented a dazzled Spurs defence who just couldn’t handle him.Christian Eriksen was the only bright spark for Mauricio Pochetttino’s side as he levelled the scores early on but a Federico Fazio red card, a Roberto Soldado missed penalty and three spot-kicks given away goes some way to showing they are as hapless at the back as they are dangerous at the front.Man City started tenaciously and didn’t give the Tottenham midfield any time to settle on the ball but slowly Spurs improved before Ryan Mason scuffed wide of the upright.The youngster should have scored the opener after eight minutes when he was slipped through the centre by Roberto Soldado’s marvellous pass, but Joe Hart did well to toe away his right-foot flick before Christian Eriksen lashed another chance well over the bar.Tottenham paid for their profligacy though when Sergio Aguero, given acres of space, was able to flick the ball out of his feet and whip a low strike beyond Hugo Lloris.Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites got back on level terms within two minutes when Mason’s tackle on Fernando allowed Soldado to play in Eriksen, who made no mistake from inside the area.But Tottenham, as they so often do, fell behind again almost immediately when Erik Lamela was adjudged to have fouled Frank Lampard inside the penalty area with Aguero sending Lloris the wrong way with the resulting spot-kick.It looked like it was about to get even worse for Spurs when a rash Younes Kaboul challenge saw David Silva tumble in the box but second time around Aguero was unable to beat Lloris from 12 yards and looped his acrobatic rebound over.The French goalkeeper was all of a sudden under extreme pressure and, after Aguero tormented the hapless Kaboul, the 27-year-old superbly denied the Argentine who was in tantalising form for Pellegrini’s side.At the opposite end though, Eriksen was also looking bright and after sidestepping two challenges in the area he forced a smart stop from Hart, who was alert, if a little clumsy with his handling.Three minutes after the break it was more of the same from Aguero as his swerving strike from 22 yards was, just about, saved by a bamboozled Lloris and, although Spurs threatened on the counter, they continued to leave themselves open at the back.Nacer Chadli failed to offer much throughout but his bobbling half volley saw Hart scampering to his right but seconds later it was Lloris again who was at full stretch to deny the voracious Jesus Navas, who looked eager to score his first goal of the season.In a end-to-end game full of twists and turns, Tottenham were then handed what looked an extremely soft penalty when Soldado was tripped fractionally inside the penalty but Hart’s right glove palmed away the Spaniard’s tame spot-kick.And England’s No.1 then stopped the former Valencia striker again just seconds later when he blocked a close-range snapshot with his legs.But just as Spurs looked to be in the ascendency Federico Fazio pulled back Aguero in the box resulting in the game’s fourth penalty, which the Argentine dispatched with glee.This season there has been plenty of talk about Diego Costa’s emergence as the Premier League’s best striker but, against a calamitous Spurs side, Aguero was simply irresistible and he curled home his and City’s fourth with 15 minutes to go as this time he left Jan Vertonghen sprawling.An arcing James Milner effort cracked the upright as Man City pushed for more goals in front of a home crowd but Tottenham avoided further humiliation, despite intense pressure, and will now have to regroup ahead of games against Newcastle United and Aston Villa. Man City striker Sergio Aguero last_img read more


PICC ‘to up pace of infrastructure drive’

first_img8 October 2012 The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) will address the pace of infrastructure development in South Africa, which is lagging behind what the country needs, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Motlanthe was speaking at an event held to mark 60 years since the establishment of the Southern African/German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Pretoria on Friday evening.20-year pipeline of projects He said the PICC’s mandate was to develop a 20-year infrastructure pipeline of projects to ensure that South Africa could plan ahead and move away from the “stop-start syndrome” around the building of infrastructure. “This will allow us to ensure better financial mobilisation, provide greater certainty to the construction industry, give educational institutions a framework around which to plan their skills development strategies, and to provide a roadmap for investors and communities.” The Deputy President added that the PICC’s infrastructure plan needed to include a focus on maintenance, so that “we do not only build new assets but also keep the state of the existing infrastructure base in good working order”. The PICC is working on a plan involving 17 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions countrywide. These cover all the key platforms: rail, roads and ports; dams, irrigation systems and sanitation; new energy generation plants, transmission lines and distribution of electricity to households; communication and broadband infrastructure; social infrastructure in the form of hospitals, schools and universities; and regional infrastructure. Motlanthe said that infrastructure development was a “jobs driver” in the government’s New Growth Path, which seeks to place the economy on a production-led trajectory with growth targeted through 10 key jobs drivers.Germany SA’s 4th-largest export destination “The New Growth Path will create substantially new business opportunities for global companies, including those belonging to the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.” He said Germany had become one of South Africa’s most important trading partners within the European Union, and was he fourth-largest export destination for South Africa in the world. “Today there are approximately 700 German-owned companies or subsidiaries of German companies in South Africa … overall, South Africa’s exports to Germany have been showing an upward swing over the five-year period ending in 2011.” He said that the two countries would continue expanding bilateral ties in areas such as energy, skills development, resource development and government-to-government co-operation. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more


Press release: Renewing international reputation with help from expatriates

first_imgSouth African expatriates living in Sydney, Australia, are fully behind Brand South Africa’s efforts to renew the country’s reputation as a great place to invest in and do business.Brand South Africa met with expatriates in Sydney, Australia, to garner support in renewing the country’s reputation. (Image: Christopher Chan, Flickr)Johannesburg, Thursday 09 March 2017 – South African expatriates living in Australia have declared their allegiance to promoting their homeland as a place of global goodness and strength during a campaign tour by Brand South Africa this week.The appeal to 200 expatriates was issued by the Brand South Africa delegation at dinners in Sydney and Melbourne this week. The tour is part of South Africa’s mission to boost its international reputation in business, investment and tourism.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela, told the expats that South Africa was moving beyond the challenges of the past and in times of global uncertainty, South Africa should be known for its generosity and goodness.“Our country has spent a lot of time reflecting on our issues and not enough about what is good about South Africa,” he said.“We want to be known around the world for our goodness and competitive strengths, and it is time for all of us to create, inspire, empower, and celebrate our citizenship in South Africa.”Brand South Africa is the custodian of South Africa’s image and reputation and is targetting the 150,000 South African immigrants in Australia to define their own niche and contribute to the promotion of their country as a globally competitive and generous nation.Dr Makhubela was joined on the Australian tour by Brand South Africa’s General Manager Research, Dr Petrus De Kock, General Manager Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela, Strategic Relationship Manager Civil Society, Ms Thoko Modise, and the High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Beryl Sisulu. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is a key stakeholder in Brand South Africa.During the two Australian dinners, Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Research Dr Petrus de Kock, told the expats that South Africa played a pivotal role in the economic revival of the continent.Dr de Kock also said: “Since the dawn of democracy, and regardless of the economic challenges in recent years, South Africa has been making steady progress on the front of human and social development.”His presentation highlighted that research undertaken between 2011 and 2015, showed South Africa’s life expectancy at birth has increased from 54.5 to 57.4 years, and there was a rise in expected years of schooling from 13.3 to 13.6 years.Economically, South Africa now ranks 47th out of 138 global economies, with its strengths in financial market development (11th), market size (30), institutions (40), business sophistication (30), and goods and market efficiency (29).He said South Africa was placed 80th of the freest economies out of 186; 74th of 190 economies in the World Bank 2016/2017 Report on the ‘Ease Doing Business’; and had displayed improvement in technology readiness, innovation, labour market efficiency, health and primary education.The dinner in both major Australian cities achieved strong support from expat South Africans who detailed their pride and patriotism as ambassadors to support the future of South Africa.Follow the conversation on #BrandSADownUnder.last_img read more


Lessons from cats on the farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Native Americans carved totem poles, often of animals, that served as a reminder to the tribe of important truths. The first Americans also believed that different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.Maybe that explains why some idiot dumped a gorgeous black and white “tuxedo” cat, with white ears, early this summer. She is a striking creature. At first she was like a ghost. Kent and I would think we saw a beautiful cat, but if you looked the second time, she was gone. Once she got more familiar, she started following Kent around, notably one time when he mowed the lawn. Eventually, she felt safe, and I was able to pick her up and pet her. Then we discovered that she had no claws. Who leaves a de-clawed feline out in the country to fend for themselves? Obviously it was someone who did not deserve this magnificent creature.And she is truly remarkable. Kent has discovered that she is an amazing hunter. He often sees her very early in the morning in the far corners of the farm catching mice and birds. Apparently she did not get the memo that declared that de-clawed cats cannot survive outdoors.Given the growing season we suffered through and the challenging harvest, I think the cat now known as “that tuxedo cat with the white ears” offers an inspirational message for us. When prices are low, inputs high, and the growing season a literal disaster, you just have to figure out a way to survive. If a de-clawed, abandoned housecat can hunt and thrive in foreign territory, anything is possible.Cats may offer some guidance as Ohio farmers recover from a literal crop disaster as well as low commodity prices. The species is known for their ability to explore and be inquisitive (as in curiosity killed the cat). Perhaps a small dose of that questioning and thinking of new solutions is a good thing during an economic downturn. Now is the time to examine what is working, what is not, and why. Explore new ventures or approaches that make money and compliment the existing enterprises.Cats are known to be clever. In distressed economies, the important factor is often cash flow. Your business may have a great net worth, but unless you have cash readily available to pay accounts receivables in a timely manner, you have trouble. Now might be the time to review your balance sheet and discuss potential debt restructuring with your lender.Cats domesticated themselves, because it was in their best interest. They are literally the only animals on the planet known to have done so. Now is a good time to get close to your banker and others to whom you owe money. When times are tough, it is easier to keep your creditors aware of your situation as well as your plans for resolution.Cats have a finely tuned sense of self-care. Perhaps this is their best advice. When the farming operation is stressful, find time to step away and recharge. This is easier said than done. Even a short time away from the farm, however, can change your perspective and enable you to discover new solutions.Cats land on their feet. Oftentimes, survival during an economic downturn is all about being resolute and not giving up. Attitude is incredibly important. Also the realization that what goes up, must come down, and vice versa. Determination cannot be overrated.Cats have nine lives — maybe not literally, but they are creatures known for reinvention and resilience. Perhaps your farm will need to adapt to new ventures, technologies or commodities. Change is usually not easy but often necessary and beneficial.Since we could all use a good laugh, it seems fitting to close with an appropriate quote from Groucho Marx. “A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.”last_img read more


3-D House — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”The Most Found Geocache in the WorldMay 19, 2013In “Community”Creating story-worthy geocaches: Interview with cache owner jewilk1January 31, 2019In “Interview” Share with your Friends:More Not many Cache Owners can say they made their cache using a printer. Of those, even fewer can say they built the printer themselves. Geocacher Lisje2000 did both.3-D printing was solidified as a hobby for Lisje2000 when they built their own 3-D printer in March 2014. You heard right—they built their own 3-D printer.Lucky geocachers may get a private viewing of the 3-D printer when the cache owners are home.Much of the geocache itself is made of wood, but many of the parts were printed. A number of the objects found inside the cache were also 3-D printed.The cache is disguised as a birdhouse displaying the CO’s street number.Making the cache using the 3-D printer wasn’t an easy job. The CO’s estimate it took at least 132 hours to print all the parts that are currently in the cache…not to mention all the failed attempts at making other parts. The roof of the birdhouse alone took at least 40 hours.Inside the cache are various 3-D printed artifacts, some of which one might conceivably find in a regular living room: lamps, bookshelves with busts, even a tiny laptop.Can you spot the geocaching logos?Opening the cache requires some clever thinking and attention to detail, hence the Difficulty rating—but be careful! Some of the pieces are delicate, and nothing should be forced in order to retrieve the logbook.A peek into the attic window reveals the guardians of the logbook.An intrepid you geocacher makes the find.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Location: Gelderland, NetherlandsN 51° 49.105 E 005° 48.293center_img TraditionalGC5BEEDby Lisje2000 Difficulty: 4.5Terrain: 1last_img read more


Google Plans to Digitize Artifacts at Iraq’s National Museum

first_imgDuring a ceremony in Iraq’s National Museum in Bagdad today, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt announced that the company will digitize the museum’s collections. By early next year, all of these images will be available online for free. The museum lost a large part of its collection to looting in 2003. Except for a number of photo ops and press conferences, the museum has remained closed to the public since the beginning of the war in 2003. Most of the museum’s collection remains in storage.According to Reuters, the company has already taken 14,000 photographs in the museum. It’s not clear how Google plans to present these images, though it seems as if Google plans a bit more than just a simple gallery of the photos it took. Eric Schmidt promises “a few surprises” for when the site launches early next year. Google and the U.S. State Department will share the cost of this project.A Government-Sponsored Infomercial for Google?While this sounds like a great idea, the New York Times also reports that there are also some interesting politics at play here. Parts of the museum’s collections, for example, have already been digitized by Italy’s National Research Center. This collection is already available online. Today’s event was sponsored by the US Embassy in Iraq, where, according to the New York Times, US Ambassador Christopher R. Hill described the digitization project as “part of an effort spearheaded by the State Department to bring technology to Iraq.” Some of the invited journalists, however, argued that the event was nothing else but a “government-sponsored infomercial” for Google. Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more


Our New Robot Underlords Triumph In DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge

first_imglauren orsini Tags:#DARPA#DARPA Robotics Challenge#robotics#Virtual Robotics Challenge 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts At DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC), everyone’s a winner.You might think I’m being folksy here, given how when robots are capable of saving our lives in disaster situations, it’s a pretty good thing for all of humankind. While that’s almost certainly true, the VRC took it more literally. The original plan was to run 26 university-affiliated robotics teams through three virtual trials to produce six winners. In the end, members of nine different teams were awarded advancements.What happened? According to a DARPA release, several team mergers and no small amount of “good sportsmanship” were involved. Over the past two weeks, the 26 teams have been judged by their abilities to program a simulated ATLAS robot to complete several skills that would be mega-useful in a disaster situation, especially since they’re all things that would be hazardous for humans. What’s more, DARPA limited communications and vision between the team and the robot, to better reflect the difficulties first responders might face in a real disaster. Watch the video to see an overview of the three scenarios in action:The teams all used the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF)’s Gazebo simulator because, as CEO Brian Gerkey predicts, it should translate easily to programming on an actual robot. “If you come up with a winning solution for [the simulation], then the software that you’ve written for it should, for the most part, transfer to a physical robot in a physical environment and produce qualitatively the same results,” he said in a VRC media roundtable discussion. The original plan was to award the six winning teams six ATLAS robots with which to advance to the physical part of the DARPA robotics challenge, this December. But with members of nine teams advancing, it’s a little different. One of the winning teams, Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, chose to use its own robot and donate its ATLAS to another team. Two other teams merged, and were awarded a seventh ATLAS robot from Hong Kong University. In total, seven teams (comprised of members of nine original teams) will be competing. Whew! While seven teams advanced, that doesn’t mean they all did equally well. The top performance came from the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition in Pensacola, Fla., with 52 points. The next team to even come close to that was Worcester Polytechnic Institute, from Worcester, Massachusetts, with 39 points. The lowest amount of points a team earned – that had members still advance – was 23 points.Those score numbers are based on rankings that show how many tasks the team completed, how fast the team completed the task, and how many bits of information they used to communicate with the robot.Over the next few weeks, DARPA will be publicizing the teams’ performances on its YouTube channel, and then we’ll really be able to see what the difference between a 52 and a 23 looks like.center_img Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more