How does a computer know what a car looks like? How does it know sheep are white? Can a computer learn all these just by browsing images on the Internet? We believe so!
NEIL (Never Ending Image Learner) is a computer program that runs 24 hours per day and 7 days per week to automatically extract visual knowledge from Internet data. It is an effort to build the world’s largest visual knowledge base with minimum human labeling effort – one that would be useful to many computer vision and AI efforts. See current statistics about how much NEIL knows about our world!!
Playing an action video game “can virtually eliminate” the gender difference in a basic capacity researchers call spatial attention, while at the same time reducing the gender difference in the ability to mentally rotate objects, a higher-level...
The concepts of evolution and complexity theory have become part of the intellectual ether permeating the life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and, more recently, management science and economics. In this book, John E. Mayfield elegantly synthesizes core concepts from multiple disciplines to offer a new approach to understanding how evolution works and how complex organisms, structures, organizations, and social orders can and do arise based on information theory and computational science.
Intended for the intellectually adventuresome, this book challenges and rewards readers with a nuanced understanding of evolution and complexity that offers consistent, durable, and coherent explanations for major aspects of our life experiences. Numerous examples throughout the book illustrate evolution and complexity formation in action and highlight the core function of computation lying at the work's heart.
"For those of us who continue to propel the meat puppets we inhabit along life’s twisted highway, the rock to which we cling has completed another circuit around the nearby fusion inferno which gives us the energy to continue that propulsion. This node, this wavefront, this scintillating particle storm which attests loudly to its individuality at every turn (me) desires that all who so struggle may continue to do so in a manner which grants them and those around them the maximum skillful survival and the pleasurable experiences which result therefrom. May all beings be happy, safe, healthy and peaceful during this and future rides around the sun."
Data compression in the brain: When the primary visual cortex processes sequences of complete images and images with missing elements — here vertical contours — it “subtracts” the images from each other (the brain computes the differences between...
"Anyone can type a word or phrase into the Google window and hope for the best.
Some even use quotation marks, or use autocomplete to their advantage. But how about putting a dash before a word to exclude it from your search? Or using the tilde–like a boss–to search for synonyms for a term as well?"
Why do we love being fooled? A look at why people get a thrill out of misdirection in puzzle cluing and sleight-of-hand.
"Puzzle master Will Shortz feels that “part of the appeal of crosswords is having the brain twisted — for example, seeing a phrase in a different light.” Mr. Shortz, who has been the editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle since 1993, offered several examples of clues that he has written, such as “Cock and bull” which, on the surface, seems to be a phrase that means an untrue statement, but in this case, was the entry MALES. “Strap for cash” is not an admission of being broke, but is instead a strap that goes around ones’ waist, or a MONEY BELT. His favorite clue is “It can turn into a different story” for SPIRAL STAIRCASE. This writer’s own favorite is “It brings out the child in you” for LABOR."
'The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain.
The "semantic Web" is hugely important to tomorrow's business. Do not underestimate its significance: It truly changes everything. Embrace it, or risk extinction. But what is it? And what does it mean for your business?
Interesting talk, and another book for my reading list. Hint at a future book on Cultural Evolution. Must do searches for "surely" and "rather" in articles of interest - as red flags for sneaky deception.