Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”
– Mark Twain’s Own Autobiography
In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.
Roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea explores the possibilities of autonomous technology by collaborating with artists, architects and engineers.
Raffaello D’Andrea quote:
“My work is focused on the creation of systems that leverage technological innovations, scientific principles, advanced mathematics, algorithms, and the art of design in unprecedented ways, with an emphasis on advanced motion control.
By their very nature, these creations require a team to realize. Many are enabled by the research I conduct with my graduate students. Many are also the fruit of collaborations with architects, entrepreneurs, and artists.
My hope is that these creations inspire us to rethink what role technology should have in shaping our future.”
“I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”
“Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough.”
“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
“What do I advise? Forget it all. Don’t be afraid. Do what you get the most pleasure from. Is it to build a cloud chamber? Then go on doing things like that. Develop your talents wherever they may lead. Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead!
If you have any talent,or any occupation that delights you,do it, and do it to the hilt”
“You see, I get so much fun out of thinking that I don’t want to destroy this pleasant machine that makes life such a big kick.”
“I love to think. I once considered taking drugs as an attempt to better understand an altered state of mind; however, I decided not to. I didn’t want to chance ruining the machine.” ( Richard Feynman)
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the “budget” scam
Walter Burien is a dangerous man because he found out that the government is hiding huge amounts of taxpayer wealth that is not reported in the budgets of government. Contrary to popular belief, the budget is not a full accounting of all of the money government takes in and the taxpayer wealth government has accumulated. It is just like your budget. It is a budget for specific things. You may have a food budget, an entertainment budget, etc. You define your budget and what it is for. you budget does not list all income and assets. If you do not drink, you could say my drinking budget is zero. And if I spent one dollar on alcohol I’ve broken my budget. Government does this too.
Government does the same thing in their budgets. But they leave out a lot of important information. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is a much more complete report of the the taxpayer wealth hidden from the citizens. The budget is not a full accounting of government finances. Instead” the budget” is a propaganda tool to manipulate the public. With the “budget propaganda tool” you can convince the public to raise taxes, cut services and divert public wealth to a small group of elite insiders.
The public is only told about the “budget”. The public remains in the dark about The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
The President, Congress, newspaper editors, television executives and many others are sent cafrs’ .
Why are you still in the dark?
Until 2007 my local library had copies of the cafrs’ for my state, county and local government entities. Each one has a separate cafr. One for the state, a different one for the county, city, school, etc.