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Author Archives: Michael Murtaugh

Zooming in on Sciaparelli components on Mars

“The erroneous information generated an estimated altitude that was negative – that is, below ground level,” the ESA said in a statement. “This in turn successively triggered a premature release of the parachute and the backshell [heat shield], a brief firing of the braking thrusters and finally activation of the on-ground systems as if Schiaparelli […]

Texture mapping

Code: http://gitlab.constantvzw.org/SICV/toolbox

Universal Slide Show

https://babelia.libraryofbabel.info/ Part of the larger http://libraryofbabel.info/ project.

Accessorize to a crime

A team of researchers from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University have created sets of eyeglasses that can prevent wearers from being identified by facial recognition systems, or even fool the technology into identifying them as completely unrelated individuals. In their paper, Accessorize to a Crime: Real and Stealthy Attacks on State-of-the-Art Face Recognition, presented at the […]

NSFW “dreams”

In September 2016, engineers at Yahoo released a machine learning model trained to detect “NSFW” images. The acronym NSFW, “not safe for work”, is net slang for images with typically nudity or graphic sexual content. Recently (October 2016) PHD research Gabriel Goh has released experiments applying a means of generating images from such models. https://github.com/yahoo/open_nsfw […]

Funes the Memorious

He was, let us not forget, almost incapable of ideas of a general, Platonic sort. Not only was it difficult for him to comprehend that the generic symbol dog embraces so many unlike individuals of diverse size and form; it bothered him that the dog at three fourteen (seen from the side) should have the […]

The princess and the pea

"Edmund Dulac – Princess and pea" by Edmund Dulac – Gutenberg.org: Stories from Hans Andersen, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac, London, Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd., 1911.. Via Wikipedia. Trying to come to grips with how a visual search engine works, I worked my way up to Chapter 7 of Programming Computer Vision: Searching Images. The […]

Professor O’Blivion

Guttormsgaard: A random walk (the movie)

Pixel

As with their ancestor, perspective, today’s binary seeing machines, have managed to convince us that now we really can possesses an infallible method of representation: a system for the automatic and mechanical production of truths about the material world. That is, if we buy the new 15-megapixel cell-phone with the Adobe plug-ins that will no […]