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THIS WEEK, LEWANDOWSKI WAS CHARGED WITH TRYING TO STEAL CHARGED WITH TRYING TO STEAL DOCUMENTS FROM UBER. DOCUMENTS FROM UBER. HOW HE GOT HERE. HOW HE GOT HERE.>>THE CHARACTER AT THE CENTER>>THE CHARACTER AT THE CENTER OF THIS CASE IS ANTHONY OF THIS CASE IS ANTHONY LEWANDOWSKI, PRETTY KNOWN IN LEWANDOWSKI, PRETTY KNOWN IN SILICON VALLEY FOR HAVING BEEN A SILICON VALLEY FOR HAVING BEEN A ROCK STAR ENGINEER THE LAST 15 ROCK STAR ENGINEER THE LAST 15 YEARS OR SO. YEARS OR SO. HE WAS HIRED BY GOOGLE, HE WAS HIRED BY GOOGLE, SOMETHING LIKE MORE THAN TEN SOMETHING LIKE MORE THAN TEN YEARS AGO TO WORK, IN YEARS AGO TO WORK, IN PARTICULAR, ON TECHNOLOGY PARTICULAR, ON TECHNOLOGY INVOLVING AUTONOMOUS CARS. INVOLVING AUTONOMOUS CARS. THE NEW THAPSD EARLIER THIS WEEK THE NEW THAPSD EARLIER THIS WEEK IS THAT HE WAS INDICTED ON IS THAT HE WAS INDICTED ON FEDERAL, CRIMINAL CHARGES, FEDERAL, CRIMINAL CHARGES, ALLEGED TRADE SECRET THEFT. ALLEGED TRADE SECRET THEFT. BASICALLY THE GOVERNMENT IS BASICALLY THE GOVERNMENT IS CLAIMING THAT HE STOLE SOME CLAIMING THAT HE STOLE SOME PROPRIETARY DATA AND INFORMATION PROPRIETARY DATA AND INFORMATION RELATING TO A PARTICULAR TYPE OF RELATING TO A PARTICULAR TYPE OF LASER THAT’S IN USE TO BUILD LASER THAT’S IN USE TO BUILD AUTONOMOUS CARS AND HAS OTHER AUTONOMOUS CARS AND HAS OTHER APPLICATION AS WELL. APPLICATION AS WELL. THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS HE DID SO THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS HE DID SO FOR THE PURPOSES OF BUILDING AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF BUILDING AND CREATING A NEW COMPANY THAT THEN CREATING A NEW COMPANY THAT THEN WAS QUICKLY SOLD TO UBER FOR WAS QUICKLY SOLD TO UBER FOR $680 MILLION. $680 MILLION. THIS STORY HAS ALREADY BEEN THIS STORY HAS ALREADY BEEN TOLD, ACTUALLY, HERE IN SILICON TOLD, ACTUALLY, HERE IN SILICON VALLEY. VALLEY. THERE WAS A FAMOUS TRIAL, CIVIL THERE WAS A FAMOUS TRIAL, CIVIL TRIAL BETWEEN WEMO, GOOGLE’S TRIAL BETWEEN WEMO, GOOGLE’S KIND OF SELF-DRIVING CAR KIND OF SELF-DRIVING CAR DIVISION, THAT SUED UBER. DIVISION, THAT SUED UBER. THEY WENT TO TRIAL IN FEBRUARY THEY WENT TO TRIAL IN FEBRUARY 2018 AND ANTHONY LEW SBLS 2018 AND ANTHONY LEW SBLS ANDOWSKI WAS THE CAT LIESING ANDOWSKI WAS THE CAT LIESING ELEMENT TO THIS STORY. ELEMENT TO THIS STORY. HE DID NOT HAVE TO TESTIFY AT HE DID NOT HAVE TO TESTIFY AT TRIAL, RESISTED HARD TO BE PART TRIAL, RESISTED HARD TO BE PART OF IT. OF IT. IN FACT, HE WAS FIRED FROM UBER IN FACT, HE WAS FIRED FROM UBER FOR REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH THE FOR REFUSING TO COMPLY WITH THE COMPANY’S DEMANDS. COMPANY’S DEMANDS. HE SORT OF LOOMED LARGE OVER HE SORT OF LOOMED LARGE OVER THAT LAWSUIT. THAT LAWSUIT. IT CAME SOMETHING AS A SURPRISE IT CAME SOMETHING AS A SURPRISE THAT, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING LIKE 18 MONTHS LATER, MR. LEWANDOWSKI 18 MONTHS LATER, MR. LEWANDOWSKI IS BEING CHARGED BY THE U.S. IS BEING CHARGED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. EQUIVALENT OF SONAR. EQUIVALENT OF SONAR. A DEVICE THAT IS A SOUND WAVE A DEVICE THAT IS A SOUND WAVE AND ALSO BY BATS, BOTH IN THE AND ALSO BY BATS, BOTH IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD AND MECHANICAL PHYSICAL WORLD AND MECHANICAL WORLD. WORLD. IT BOUNCE OFF AN OBJECT. IT BOUNCE OFF AN OBJECT. THE RECEIVING VESSEL, WHETHER THE RECEIVING VESSEL, WHETHER THAT’S A BAT OR SUBMARINE, USES THAT’S A BAT OR SUBMARINE, USES THAT TO DETERMINE HOW FAR WAY THAT TO DETERMINE HOW FAR WAY THAT OBJECT IS. THAT OBJECT IS. THIS IS WHAT SONAR IS. THIS IS WHAT SONAR IS. LIDAR IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME LIDAR IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME THING EXCEPT IT USES LIGHTS AND THING EXCEPT IT USES LIGHTS AND LASERS INSTEAD OF SOUND WAVES. LASERS INSTEAD OF SOUND WAVES. LIGHT TRAVELS CONSIDERABLY LIGHT TRAVELS CONSIDERABLY FASTER THAN SOUND. FASTER THAN SOUND. SO, IF YOU’RE USING LASERS FROM, SO, IF YOU’RE USING LASERS FROM, LET’S SAY, AN AUTONOMOUS CAR, LET’S SAY, AN AUTONOMOUS CAR, THAT ENABLES THE CAR TO FIGURE THAT ENABLES THE CAR TO FIGURE OUT WHERE IT IS IN SPACE AND HOW OUT WHERE IT IS IN SPACE AND HOW FAR WAY OTHER OBJECTS ARE FAR WAY OTHER OBJECTS ARE RELATIVE TO IT. RELATIVE TO IT. SO, IF YOU’VE EVER SEEN PICTURES SO, IF YOU’VE EVER SEEN PICTURES OR SEEN IN REAL LIFE ONE OF OR SEEN IN REAL LIFE ONE OF THESE SELF-DRIVING CARS, THEY THESE SELF-DRIVING CARS, THEY ALL HAVE A DEVICE ON THE TOP OF ALL HAVE A DEVICE ON THE TOP OF THE CAR THAT IS SHOOTING OUT THE CAR THAT IS SHOOTING OUT LASERS TO EVERYTHING AROUND THAT LASERS TO EVERYTHING AROUND THAT CAR. CAR. A TREE, A BICYCLE, OTHER CARS, A TREE, A BICYCLE, OTHER CARS, PEOPLE, BUILDINGS, EVERYTHING. PEOPLE, BUILDINGS, EVERYTHING. AND IN SO DOING, THE CAR IS ABLE AND IN SO DOING, THE CAR IS ABLE TO DETERMINE WHERE IT IS IN TO DETERMINE WHERE IT IS IN SPACE AND HOW FAR AWAY OTHER SPACE AND HOW FAR AWAY OTHER OBJECTS ARE FROM IT AND HOW TO OBJECTS ARE FROM IT AND HOW TO AVOID THOSE OBJECTS. AVOID THOSE OBJECTS. SO, THIS LIDAR REALLY IS ONE OF SO, THIS LIDAR REALLY IS ONE OF THE KEY TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE KEY TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONSTRUCTING AUTONOMOUS CARS. CONSTRUCTING AUTONOMOUS CARS. ANTHONY LEWANDOWSKI DID NOT ANTHONY LEWANDOWSKI DID NOT INVENT LIDAR BUT IS A TOP INVENT LIDAR BUT IS A TOP RESEARCHER IN THIS FIELD. RESEARCHER IN THIS FIELD. HE IS ACCUSED, ACCORDING TO THE HE IS ACCUSED, ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT, OF HAVING STOLEN GOVERNMENT, OF HAVING STOLEN VERY PARTICULAR COMPONENTS OF VERY PARTICULAR COMPONENTS OF THE LIDAR DEVICE THAT IS IN USE THE LIDAR DEVICE THAT IS IN USE AT WAYMO, GOOGLE’S SELF-DRIVING AT WAYMO, GOOGLE’S SELF-DRIVING CAR DIVISION, AND HAVING TAKEN CAR DIVISION, AND HAVING TAKEN THOSE TO UBER. THOSE TO UBER. AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN FEDERAL AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN FEDERAL COURT IN SAN JOSE EARLIER THIS COURT IN SAN JOSE EARLIER THIS WEEK, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY WEEK, UNITED STATES ATTORNEY DAVID ANDERSON UNDERSCORED THE DAVID ANDERSON UNDERSCORED THE FACT THAT WE’RE ALL FREE TO MOVE FACT THAT WE’RE ALL FREE TO MOVE FROM JOB TO JOB BUT WE’RE NOT, FROM JOB TO JOB BUT WE’RE NOT, IN HIS WORDS, ALLOWED TO STUFF IN HIS WORDS, ALLOWED TO STUFF OUR POCKETS ON THE WAY OUT THE OUR POCKETS ON THE WAY OUT THE DOOR. DOOR. ANTHONY LEWANDOWSKI IS ACCUSED ANTHONY LEWANDOWSKI IS ACCUSED OF TAKING PROPRIETARY OF TAKING PROPRIETARY INFORMATION FROM HIS FORMER INFORMATION FROM HIS FORMER EMPLOYER AND USING IT TO BENEFIT EMPLOYER AND USING IT TO BENEFIT A COMPETITOR. A COMPETITOR. THERE’S A FEDERAL LAW THAT THERE’S A FEDERAL LAW THAT PREVENTS THAT. PREVENTS THAT. SUCH PROSECUTES ARE RELATIVELY SUCH PROSECUTES ARE RELATIVELY RARE, FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, BUT RARE, FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, BUT THIS OBVIOUSLY ROSE TO THE LEVEL THIS OBVIOUSLY ROSE TO THE LEVEL THAT THE UNITED STATES THAT THE UNITED STATES AUTHORITIES NEEDED TO BECOME AUTHORITIES NEEDED TO BECOME INVOLVED. INVOLVED. MR. LEWANDOWSKI HAS A HEARING IN MR. LEWANDOWSKI HAS A HEARING IN FEDERAL COURT NERL SEPTEMBER BUT FEDERAL COURT NERL SEPTEMBER BUT THE CASE WILL SURELY TAKE SOME

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