Taylor Soper at GeekWire reports on a surprising Amazon Web Services announcement today:
Amazon Web Services chief and big sports fan Andy Jassy on Wednesday in Las Vegas unveiled a first-of-its-kind global autonomous racing league… The league features AWS DeepRacer, a 1/18th scale radio-controlled, self-driving four-wheel race car designed to help developers learn about [machine learning]. It features an Intel Atom processor; a 4-megapixel camera with 1080p resolution; multiple USB ports; and a 2-hour battery.
The car is up for pre-order now for $249. I have no idea how this will do, but I kind of love the idea that the future of machine-learning development might be Robot Wars.
—Linked by Jason Snell