This quarter I'm working on enabling autonomous search and rescue using quadcopters as part of the 2016 DJI Developer Challenge. As a group of four, Cardinal S.A.R., is representing Stanford University in the challenge. In fact, our technical proposal was recently accepted and now Cardinal S.A.R. is one of the 25 teams from across the world left in the challenge!
In the Spring of 2014, I signed up for a d.school class called "How to Fail Faster". I showed up the first day and learned that there was an application to get into the class and now they were over capacity.
I had learned my first lesson of the class.
a door won't open
a fish is out of water
but fail and faster
A particular challenge of the incarcerated is their loss of freedom of touch. Much effort of a prisoner goes in resisting the reflexive effort of touching a fellow human being, as noted by Foucault in Discipline and Punish.
It's interesting how big of our world is shaped by our sense of touch, which is often the last one to be named when asked to list the five senses. The smoothness of silk scarfs, the furriness while petting dogs, or even the cool aluminum backs of Apple products early morning; these subconsciously define the feel of things.
Summer of 2014
Summer is at its end and here are some things that made this one worthwhile.
In no particular order:
"A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch, but in her own wings."