An Introduction to the ARCC Blog
“What a time to be alive!” — Károly Zsolnai-Fehér (2-Minute Papers)
Hello. This is our first post of this blog that will cover topics related to autonomous racing with Artificial Intelligence or AI. I am the CTO and R&D lead of my high school robotics team that competes in the MATE International underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) competition at the collegiate level. I am also the founder/CEO of the Autonomous Race Car Club (ARCC) an organization, that this blog hopes to bolster, and the founder/CEO of BioSeer.io, a platform that employs Machine Learning (ML) to directly monitor marine habitats. In my free time, I am an AI/ML enthusiast trying my best to stay up to date with, or sometimes just even understand, current research papers. I will be putting together this blog with my colleagues and friends at ARCC.
As I mentioned above, my goal with this blog is to expand the ARCC organization, supplement it with a curriculum, and help other people make their way into AI/ML particularly in the field of robotics. If you want to develop with AI because it is the future of robotics or you just love AI/ML and want to know more, then this is for you. I will do my best to explain complex concepts simply by applying them to either the Jetson Car, an autonomous vehicle that started developing as an R&D tool for the Jesuit Robotics or the AWS DeepRacer, which is the primary platform for ARCC. The content will range from simple tutorials to case studies and implementations of cutting-edge algorithms.
I and many others see AI as the technological solution to many of today’s most baffling problems. From climate change to immigration and improving the overall quality of life, AI has its set of benefits that it promises if handled correctly. While I will not go into all the nuances of that statement in this article, I will definitely be touching on it in the future. In the meantime, it is important to understand that technology is what allows humanity to grow in population or in quality of life. It is crucial that we constantly push the boundaries of what we can do. Therefore, we need to ensure that, as a community, we learn, train, and exercise our ability to innovate. In order to improve our chances of a successful human society merged with AI of all types, we need to create organizations that foster the greatest levels of collective human intelligence and creativity. By studying and contributing to the field of AI, whether as a technical developer, team leader, or AI philosopher, we are helping humanity take a course on what could be one of the biggest revolutions next to those of agriculture and industry.
I hope that these blogs serve as an inspiration and source of education for both you and myself. By writing about AI and helping others understand it, I will be challenging myself to develop a deeper understanding of the material. I also wish to attract a wider audience that shares in the passion for AI, robotics, and the prospects of a better future for humanity by bringing DeepRacer and Jetson Car into these blogs. This blog is not meant to be one-way communication, in order to ensure its quality and to fulfill its goals, you are encouraged to comment, make suggestions (or point out my errors), and discuss the articles. You can contact me directly here.
I will now provide a rough outline for what I aim to put into the blog at this point in time. Note that this is subject to change based on my availability, your suggestions, and the development of ARCC. All content will try to focus on the “whys” that I have mentioned above. There will be 4 main blog topics: DeepRacer, Jetson Car, General AI/ML, and “Random Cool Stuff” (that is cool stuff in line with the purpose of the blog). For the DeepRacer, the primary platform for ARCC and R.A.C.E., I will be posting tutorials, algorithm walkthroughs, hacks and tips for performing well in the league, and ARCC curriculum. Jetson Car will contain similar content for a more advanced audience. General AI/ML will provide basics for terminology, algorithms, concepts, etc. Random Cool Stuff will include random cool stuff that I or anyone at ARCC comes up with.
Make sure to visit our website. Code for these blogs can be found on our Github organization. If you have any questions or want to say hello, you can shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.