Working notes from the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism

Author Archives: Michael Murtaugh

“Live CV”

In this demo video, a programmer works interactively with open CV. As the code is altered, a window displaying the results of the computation is continuously updated. The demonstration ends as the programmer connects a camera and then places object (playing cards) on a table, manually isolates the pixels of the card, then uses the […]

Masks for algorithms

“They (Apple engineering teams) have even gone and worked with professional mask makers and makeup artists in Hollywood to protect against these attempts to beat Face ID. These are actual masks used by the engineering team to train the neural network to protect against them in Face ID. It’s incredible!”, Phil Schiller said (Apple’s Keynote […]

Shop by image

The company explains it’s using two core parts of artificial intelligence – computer vision and deep learning – to power these new features. When images are uploaded to eBay, it uses a deep learning model called a convolutional neural network to process the images. The images are compared to the site’s live listings, ranked based […]

Male-Young adult, Attention time: 484 out of 984, Smile: 0 / 1.8… Glasses: Yes

From Twitter, a “crashed” advertisement reveals the kinds of data being recorded. Male-Young adult, Attention time: 484 out of 984, Smile: 0 / 1.8…Glasses: Yes It’s interesting to note the kind of information being interpreted and recorded: gender, age, “attention”, degree of smiling, the presence of glasses; all transformations from (presumably) camera input compared against […]

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 […]