Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry created techpresident.com to answer an important question this election season: Do Facebook friends equal votes?
By Kalee ThompsonPosted 01.03.2008 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
During the last presidential election, Andrew Rasiej was busy advising Howard Dean on his campaign´s use of technology. Micah Sifry was a journalist covering the intersection of politics and the Internet for The Nation. This time around, the two are running the first-ever Web site that tracks how the candidates are using-and just as often, failing to use-technology to bolster their campaigns.
1 PM: One more team has scratched—Germany's CarOLO—but the remaining six contenders are looking strong. The three current front-runners are Stanford, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie Mellon's Tartan Racing. All have completed two of the three prescribed missions, meaning they're about two-thirds done with the race. The Cornell and MIT vehicles were locked together side-to-side for several minutes, Ben Hur chariot-style, but both managed to disentangle themselves and are motoring along again.
It's difficult to describe a self-driving vehicle to someone who's never seen the phenomenon firsthand, but suffice it to say these cars move in a way that's both wobbly and overly meticulous, like they're being steered by phantom drivers still a little unsure of their ability. (Trust me, I know that driving style—I nearly failed my road test as a teenager for being too slow and tentative behind the wheel.)—Elizabeth Svoboda