via davidfg:

Google’s Street View cars aren’t mapping the world, they’re crawling it. http://t.co/SffkUSIZGc

theatlantic:

The Trick That Makes Google’s Self-Driving Cars Work

May 15, 2014

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.

"Rather than having to figure out what the world looks like and what it means from scratch every time we turn on the software, we tell it what the world is expected to look like when it is empty," Chatham continued. "And then the job of the software is to figure out how the world is different from that expectation. This makes the problem a lot simpler."