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NASA: You Can Help Teach Rovers To Explore Mars Better

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The US Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA has published a note with the intriguing headline “You Can Help Teach NASA Mars Rovers to Explore Mars Better.”

As the department explains, artificial intelligence has tremendous potential to change the way spacecraft study the universe. But since all machine learning algorithms require human training, NASA is asking members of the public to help identify elements of scientific interest in images taken by the Perseverance rover.

The project, called AI4Mars, is a follow-up to a project launched last year based on imagery from the Curiosity rover.

NASA: You Can Help Teach Rovers To Explore Mars Better

Early contributors to this project mapped out nearly half a million images, using a tool to highlight objects such as sand and rock that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Mars rover drivers typically look at when planning routes on the Red Planet. The end result was an algorithm called SPOC (Classification of Soil and Object Properties) that could correctly identify these features in almost 98% of cases.

The SPOC algorithm is still in development, and NASA hopes that one day it can be sent to Mars aboard a spacecraft of the future that can do more autonomous driving than Perseverance’s AutoNav technology allows.

AI4Mars now provides additional markers to indicate more precise details, allowing people to choose options such as moving rocks or nodules (globular mineral formations).

The goal is to hone an algorithm that could help a future rover pick “needles out of a haystack” of data sent from Mars.

Equipped with 19 cameras, Perseverance sends tens to hundreds of images to Earth every day for scientists and engineers to view specific geologic features. But time is running out: after these images have traveled millions of kilometers from Mars to Earth, NASA team members have hours to develop the next set of instructions, based on what they see in these images, to send to Perseverance.

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Elon Musk kept promises and became a homeless multibillionaire

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Elon Musk kept his pledge to “have no homes” made last year. The billionaire sold his mansion in Hillsborough, California. The property was sold for $ 30 million, although he originally asked for $ 37.5 million. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.

Musk, 50, previously confirmed that this was his last home. The 19-hectare estate was built in 1912 by Count Christian de Guignet, a member of the French nobility who moved to the state after marrying a Californian woman.

The property remained in the property of the de Guignet family for over a century before it was put up for sale in 2013 for $ 100 million. In 2016, the asking price was reduced to $ 29.85 million. According to public records, Elon Musk bought the house for $ 23.4 million in 2017.

The mansion is 1,486 square meters, it has seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, a library with leather walls, a huge kitchen equipped for a personal chef, a cocktail room and almost 6-meter ceilings. The windows overlook the San Francisco Bay and the vast grounds. The garage and sheds can accommodate 11 cars.

Musk himself has long lived in a tiny $ 50,000 prefab house, which he rents from his own company, SpaceX.

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The new Chery Tiggo 8 Pro with a Lexus grille is very different from the old one. The first photos appeared

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The Ministry of Industry and Informatization of the PRC has declassified the exterior of the updated version of the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro crossover, which runs under the model number T18FL3.

The design of Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has changed a lot, the X-shaped radiator grill now evokes associations with Lexus. However, a similar element is found on other Chinese cars. Headlights, bumpers and other body elements have changed. The taillights are united by a line. Added plastic elements on the doors and a new spoiler.

The photos show the basic version with a 5-seater saloon, stamped 17-inch wheels, without fog lights, as well as the older version. In a good configuration, front parking sensors, an enlarged panoramic roof, fog lights and a third row of seats will be installed.

The car has increased in dimensions, which are 4745 x 1860 x 1745 mm, while the wheelbase has remained unchanged and is 2710 mm. The car is equipped with a 1.6-liter Acteco engine, boosted to 197 hp.

The new Chery Tiggo 8 Pro with a Lexus grille is very different from the old one.  The first photos appeared

Tiggo 8 and Tiggo 8 Plus cars are already on sale in China, which was released in our country under the name Tiggo 8 Pro.

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GTA fans are angry. The donated classic parts turned out to be “unplayable” with modern versions of Windows

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As it turned out, the classic games Grand Theft Auto III, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas are “unplayable” due to the lack of updates that allow playback on modern equipment.

Recall, recognizing the failed launch and removing the remaster of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition from its platform, Rockstar promised to release updates to improve the performance and graphics of the collection. In addition, the classic versions of Grand Theft Auto were gifted to all players who purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition for PC. Buyers of console versions are not eligible for classic parts. This promotion will continue until July 1 of next year.

According to popular blogger Ben Turpin, free classic GTA games are “unplayable” on modern Windows. He wrote that these PC versions have not been updated since their initial releases in the early 2000s, and players cannot download mods to improve them due to software limitations.

Specifically, users are unable to install the Silent Patch and RE3 mods, which enhance GTA III and Vice City, add a rotating camera, support for Xbox controllers on PC, and reduce load times between game locations to zero.

It is currently unknown if the developers will update the legacy PC ports for the three original games in the future.

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