Video of the Day: Flight of the Eagle

We have very sophisticated computers to do everything that this eagle’s brain did to fly from the Eiffel Tower to its handler’s arm. I don’t know about you, but that blows my mind.

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3 thoughts on “Video of the Day: Flight of the Eagle

  1. Actually, it’s only rather recently that our computers reached the level of sophistication to manage flight.
    However, in the case of the eagle, we still can only partially emulate parts of flight. We still don’t have enough computing power to actually vary wing geometry as finely as a bird can.
    Still, computers have advanced greatly over the course of my life, to the point that I have a two inch cube computer right next to me.
    That is something that, had someone told me such would come into being twenty years ago, I’d be strongly suggesting professional mental health guidance.

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    • I wonder how much computing power we would need to accelerate and decelerate something of similar mass without causing damage to it? I mean, this thing goes all the way up to 122mph and then comes to a stop right on the spot where it should. That’s just nuts.

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