Weekend Reading: LiDAR, Auto Generated Textbooks, and Paleo Plate Tectonics
🛣 Creating Low-Cost LiDAR
This is a great breakdown of the different elements of LiDAR technology, looking at three broad areas: beam direction, distance measurement, and frequencies. They compare the tech of 10 different companies in the space to see how each is approaching the problem.
📚 An Algorithm to Auto-Generate Textbooks
Taking off of the Wikibooks project, this team is aiming to generate books from Wikipedia content using ML techniques.
Given the advances in artificial intelligence in recent years, is there a way to automatically edit Wikipedia content so as to create a coherent whole that is useful as a textbook? Enter Shahar Admati and colleagues at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. These guys have developed a way to automatically generate Wikibooks using machine learning. They call their machine the Wikibook-bot. “The novelty of our technique is that it is aimed at generating an entire Wikibook, without human involvement,” they say.
🌍 Paleogeographic History of Plate Tectonics
This simple app lets you slide from the Jurassic to the Holocene. A vivid demonstration of how long 200 million years really is.