It’s the Quantum Leap that Elon Musk Promised

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Tesla FSD Beta visualisation (image source)

Tesla’s beta version of their Full Self Driving (FSD) software has been released to a small number of people and it’s mind-blowing!

This release gives us a glimpse at the (FSD) rewrite that Tesla has been working on in the last year or so. The aim of this limited beta is to prove the FSD package is safe enough to roll out to a larger audience.

Just before this release, I wrote an article detailing what Tesla has been working on and how this release was going to be a “quantum leap”.

Honestly, I think they’ve lived up to the hype. Here’s everything exciting that we’ve seen in the beta so far and what it means for the future of autonomous driving. …


And Here’s How They’re Going To Do It

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Tesla Full self-driving computer vision (Image source)

I’ve had my Tesla Model 3 for almost a year now and I purchased it with the Full Self-Driving (FSD) optional extra. At the time, this optional extra provided some self-driving features, but the car was far from driving me from A to B without human intervention. What I essentially bought was the promise of FSD in the future.

I, along with many others, believe that promise will soon be delivered and not just because Elon said so.

Elon Musk Tweet Stating FSD Quantum Leap

The new FSD re-write will soon begin its beta release. A few “safe” drivers who are part of Tesla’s Early Access Program will be getting this “quantum leap” re-write next week. …


I made 4 times more this month by simply writing more articles

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writing more earns you more money (image source)

Read any post about making more money on Medium and I guarantee the most frequent advice you will receive is to write more. As a firm believer in the scientific method, I thought I’d give this a shot.

I’ll break down my stats and earnings from before and after I started writing more frequently and dive into the reasons why this simple piece of advice works.

Spoiler alert: writing more definitely works.

Stats BEFORE I Started Writing More Frequently

I started writing on Medium back in December 2016. I was fairly sporadic with my writing, some months writing a lot, others not writing at all. …


Here’s everything that the car can see at junctions

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Tesla front fisheye and left pillar camera (Image source)

The Full Self Driving beta has been out for a few weeks now and it already looks amazing. The capabilities already showcased are impressive and much further along than I originally expected.

It is far from perfect, the best analogy I have seen so far is that it is similar to a teenager taking to the road for the first time. It can deal with simple tasks fine. However, more complex ones cause it to become more hesitant and it may require assistance.

Even with the overwhelming number of videos out there showcasing the Full Self Driving (FSD) beta’s capabilities in a wide range of scenarios, I am still frequently seeing comments from naysayers stating it just isn't possible with existing hardware, especially when it comes to junctions. …


Quality control and customer service leave a lot to be desired

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Photo by Bram Van Oost on Unsplash

I’ve owned my Tesla Model 3 for about a year now and I’m going to start by saying it’s a fantastic car. As an all-round daily driver, it’s quick, quiet, comfortable and very cheap to run. With Tesla’s Supercharger network and plenty of other destination charging options, road trips are easy too. I’ve had a fairly decent experience with Tesla and would happily buy again.

However, if you’ve never bought a Tesla before then there are some things you should know before making your purchase. …


Up to a 20 hour battery life!

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Photo by Julian O'hayon on Unsplash

Apple recently announced the latest Macbook Pro and Macbook Air which now run on Apple’s in house chip that they call the M1. Since 2006 Apple has been using Intel for its Mac lineup but has been developing their own SoC’s (system on a chip) after the soaring success of their A-series mobile processors used in iPhones and iPads.

Let’s take a look at what this means for the future of Mac’s and dive into some of the bold claims Apple made about the chip's performance in their keynote.

M1 Chip Overview

The chip hosts the components required for running the Mac lineup all in one place. This means that the CPU, GPU, RAM and other necessary components are all on the same chip, rather than being separate components. …


2. Work Less

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Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

Logic tells us that the more time you spend working on something, the more you will get done, but that isn’t always true.

There is a limit to “overworking” that not only affects productivity but also your personal health. A Harvard study of around 1 million people found some pretty detrimental effects to overworking.

Those who worked more than 55 hours per week had a 13% greater risk of a heart attack, and were 33% more likely to suffer a stroke.

Not only does your ability to concentrate and produce high-quality work diminish, but so does your health. In this post, I’ll talk you through my techniques for maintaining a healthy balance but still being highly productive. …


Just 24 Lines of Code and You’re Done!

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Face Recognition (image source)

I’ve recently been on a journey to learn more about Deep Learning. I started off with a Deep Learning course on Udacity. It’s fairly long and does require some mathematical background but it was a good place to start.

However, if you want to start off lighter and simpler and introduce yourself to Deep Learning in a fun way, then this post is for you.

Let’s build an application (in literally 2 minutes) that can recognise faces. Here’s how I approached it using Python and a bunch of easy to use libraries.

1. Install OpenCV

As with most tutorials, a good starting point is to ensure you’ve got your environment set up. Download and install OpenCV for your OS of choice (and of course ensure you have Python installed too). …


Opinion

Everything will be big data, so it won't need a special name

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Big data is a great marketing term but in reality, that’s all that it is. It’s a term used to excite business executives to make them feel like Google or Amazon. The reality is that big data doesn’t mean anything and its meaning is only going to reduce.

As companies become more familiar with data processing and service providers abstract away more complexity, big data will just become data. Big data engineers will just become data engineers and any data engineer worth their salt will be handling what we now call “big data processing”.

Fear not though, this doesn’t mean your big data knowledge is obsolete, just that its name might not mean as much as it once did. …


And why is it called big data in the first place?

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Photo by ev on Unsplash

The term “Big Data” has been thrown around for a while but in almost all cases we assume it refers to really large data sets. After all, it has the term “Big” in its name so the data has to be big right?

Big Data terminology started growing in popularity around 2012 before really hitting its stride from 2014 onwards.

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Google Trend for the term “big data” - Image by Author

It has mainly been used to cover the ever-growing data footprints of large companies. As companies collect and process more varied and disparate data, the old language of database and data mart didn’t really fit the bill. …

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Lewis Gavin

Data and Productivity Writer — Data Architect at easyfundraising.org.uk

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