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Mining our Reality by Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University

Mining our Reality by Tom Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University

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Tom Mitchell
E. Fredkin University Professor
Chair, Machine Learning Department
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

On machine learning and where it is headed.
Tom Mitchell
E. Fredkin University Professor
Chair, Machine Learning Department
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

On machine learning and where it is headed.

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 been demonstrated on a small UAV (
), and there is ongoing research in control strategiesto improve cruise performance of small and mini-UAVs by gust energy harvesting.The improved perception provided by thesensing and processing systems, coupled withthe improved persistence provided by atmo-spheric energy harvesting, should enablelong-endurance missions that are far beyond the capabilities of current robotic aircraft.Eventually a soaring-capable, autonomous,mini-UAV that is equipped with a sophisti-cated sensing system will be able to follow amigrating bird and provide close-up in-flightvideo, as well as in situ atmospheric mea-surements. Successful completion of such achallenging mission would demonstrate thatflight by human-built robotic aircraft could rival that of birds.
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1. The Aerosonde UAV has flown meteorology missions intohurricanes (www.aerosonde.com/), but it is still too largefor many military and scientific missions.2. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)definition of MAV specifies a wingspan of 15 cm or less.Here we use the term more loosely to include all vehiclesthat are hand-launchable and can be operated by asingle person. An example is the Aerovironment WaspMAV (www.avinc.com/uas/small_uas/wasp/).3. S. Griffiths
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Supporting Online Material
www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/326/5960/1642/DC1Videos: S1 and S2
Mining Our Reality
Tom M. Mitchell
Real-time data on the whereabouts andbehaviors of much of humanity advancebehavioral science and offer practical benefits,but also raise privacy concerns.
omething important is changing inhow we as a society use computers tomine data. In the past decade, machine-learning algorithms have helped to analyzehistorical data, often revealing trends and pat-terns too subtle for humans to detect. Exam- ples include mining credit card data to dis-cover activity patterns that suggest fraud, and mining scientific data to discover new empiri-cal laws (
). Researchers are beginning toapply these algorithms to real-time data thatrecord personal activities, conversations, and movements (
) in an attempt to improvehuman health, guide traffic, and advance thescientific understanding of human behavior.Meanwhile, new algorithms aim to address privacy concerns arising from data sharingand aggregation (
).To appreciate both the power and the pri-vacy implications of real-time data mining,consider the data available just to your phonecompany, based on your phone records and those of millions of other individuals who aregoing about their daily lives carrying a smart phone—a device that contains a Global Posi-tioning System (GPS) sensor locating you towithin a few meters, an accelerometer thatdetects when you are walking versus stationary,a microphone that detects both conversationsand background noises, a camera that recordswhere each picture was taken, and an interfacethat observes every incoming and outgoinge-mail and text message. The potential bene-fits of mining such data are various; examplesinclude reducing traffic congestion and pollu-tion, limiting the spread of disease, and better using public resources such as parks, buses,and ambulance services. But risks to privacyfrom aggregating these data are on a scale thathumans have never before faced.One line of research is based on watch-ing where people are, where they are head-ing, and when. Anonymous real-time loca-tion data from smart phones are already beingused to provide up-to-the-minute reportsof traffic congestion in many urban regionsthrough services such as Google Maps (
Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University,Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA. E-mail: tom.mitchell@cs.cmu.edu
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Wind-assisted outdoor flight.
The potential for extracting energy for flight from natural winds created bymountain “wave”—long-period oscillations of the atmosphere—over central Pennsylvania (Allegheny Plateau,Bald Eagle Ridge, and Tussey Ridge). The cyan isosurfaces bound the regions where soaring can occur—verticalwind velocity exceeds the sink rate of the vehicle. Nighttime wind-field changes are shown in video S2.
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