An aspiring scientist in the field of machine learning and data mining.
A sentient, curiosity-endowed entropy-preserving organic vessel trying to make some sense out of this information-rich and intelligence-scarce world that we happen to call our own.
This blog is dedicated to Art and Science, Mind and Machine.
My AILab Research Homepage is here.
If you’re worried about Big Brother and computerized facial recognition, this summer has given you plenty of reason to be scared. Law enforcement has been toying with facial recognition for a…
In any case, this year we’ve already seen software that is able to out-perform humans in facial recognition, but it takes time to implement these new approaches into the existing pipelines. In due time, though, we can expect to see more highly accurate systems out there, which means that using facial recognition for tracking is just around the corner and is not beyond the capabilities of current software and hardware… which is not to say that it would be cheap, on the contrary.
A fungus living in the soils of Nova Scotia could offer new hope in the pressing battle against drug-resistant germs that kill tens of thousands of people every year, including one considered a serious global threat. Seeking an answer to the riddle of resistance in the natural environment is a far more promising approach than trying to discover new antibiotics, a challenge which has perplexed scientists for decades. No new classes of antibiotics have been discovered since the late 1980s, leaving physicians with very few tools to fight life-threatening infections.
The immense distances to the stars and the galaxies mean that we see everything in space in the past – some as they were before the Earth came to be. Telescopes are time machines.
By Carl Sagan (via we-are-star-stuff)
And here we are, in a world where space exploration doesn’t get proper funding and we’re still waging wars and depleting natural resources. Kind of depressing, don’t you think? As if we’ve lost some of our ambition along the way and became more self-centered.