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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Automatic cars are just around the corner... (129 comments)

Great point.

It's reassuring that the decision-makers in that process consider alternative ideas; basing the goal on 'human-like' sight would leave a lot of room for error (given limitations of even human perception and classification capabilities!)

4 days ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Automatic cars are just around the corner... (129 comments)

Everytime I see this topic appear on Slashdot (Last time) I think:

You're putting a neural network (NN) through a classification process where it is fed this image as a "fixed input", where the input's constituent elements are constant, and you ask it to classify correctly the same way as a human would. The problem with this comparison is the human eye does not see a "constant" input stream; the eye captures a stream of images, each slightly skewed as your head moves and the images changes slightly. Based on this stream of slightly different images, the human identifies an object.

However, in this research, time and again a "team" shows a "fault" in a NN by taking a single, nonvarying image input to a NN and calling it a "deep flaw in the image processing network", and I just get a feeling that they're doing it wrong.

To your topic though: You better hope your car is not just taking one single still image and performing actions based on that. You better hope your car is taking a stream of images and making decisions, which would be a completely different class of problem than this.

4 days ago
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Study of Massive Preprint Archive Hints At the Geography of Plagiarism

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Something's very off. (53 comments)

However, when everything is published in English (no matter the country), then does your point matter?

about two weeks ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Sell everything (203 comments)

listed = listen*

card = cart*

about a month ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Sell everything (203 comments)

So if people listed to you and we go back to the "millennia" of yesteryear, will you think so fondly of your choice as you are dying of hunger from the food that wasn't driven to your local market on fossil fuels? Or will you get off your literal high horse and pull the food card alongside the other fellow men who try to survive in such a world?

about a month ago
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Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (106 comments)

Your comment posted at 4:52PM Eastern Time, followed by such a "hater" comment at 4:53PM Eastern time below.

about a month and a half ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:nothing was 'such an issue decades ago' (283 comments)

This is just a textbook example of why you shouldn't trust what statistics people feed you, right?

about 2 months ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:nothing was 'such an issue decades ago' (283 comments)

So if there were 30,000 biomedical graduate students in 1979, that represents 7.60% of the population (http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=population+of+the+united+states+in+1979 )

..and if there were 56,800 biomedical graduate students in 2009, that represents 5.42% of the population (http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=population+of+the+united+states+in+2009 )

So... c'mon man, where are the jobs?

about 2 months ago
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Securing the US Electrical Grid

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Great way to waste your money (117 comments)

I read it at first that he was advocating for burying the lines. Or constructing the poles out of Adamantium.

I never read it as the OP wanted to do away with electricity. His only slant seems to be anti-Power Company.

about 4 months ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Getting it very wrong (81 comments)

Since we're on personal anecdotes, that's great that it worked for you, but if you want to guarantee that N people learn some baseline

independent study and problem solving

skills, then the OP's observation is move valid IMHO.

about 4 months ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:~50% have no degree... (174 comments)

In addition, people with a B.S. or B.A. (or even M.S., M.A.) in a Non-STEM field. (I.E. English, etc)

about 5 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Simplest way to deal with H1 Visas (341 comments)

Is the $15,000 fee paid yearly?

If its not, your outlined plan would seem to give even more incentive to not hire Americans. Just pay the fee once, and then for the next N years keep the immigrant non-citizen workers at a lower wage.

about 6 months ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Banning cars could save more lives (186 comments)

Assuming you're the OP... you have a lot of qualifying comments that are not the same as the OP's claim of outright banning cars.

So yes, you're right, there are several facets to the process. And it's much more constructive to talk about them rather than just straight trolling, even if elements of your response are still outright trolling.

about 6 months ago
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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Banning cars could save more lives (186 comments)

That's a pretty near-sighted idea.

If you ban cars, how will people in areas of the world designed for cars get access to food? Heathcare?

How will companies that service utilities service the infrastructure?

How many people would consequentially die by banning cars? Much more than the car deaths per year.

You have the power... to stop being a negative, short-sighted person. Think about a solution rather than trolling.

about 6 months ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

Thanks for the insightful and provocative post today. I didn't have the energy to post a similar defense today against the ./ anti-nuclear crowd.

Glad you didn't get down-modded for the profanity!

Hopefully someday all relevant people will realize the true costs involved.

about 6 months ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Communism (404 comments)

If the telecom companies are allowed to use infrastructural capital (public capital) for their profits, why shouldn't a parking space be subjected to the same treatment?? Let the capitalists play!

about 6 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Always? (104 comments)

Haha you have a good point there. Hopefully we as a species can find some non-depressing realities through the results over our lifetimes. Hopefully...

You collapsing the wave function doesn't look like the likely way we'll all end, given the current state of affairs :/

about 7 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Always? (104 comments)

No I'm not, along with Einstein, Feynman, and many others.

A lot has happened since 1927 in quantum mechanics.

about 7 months ago
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Physicists Turn 8MP Smartphone Camera Into a Quantum Random Number Generator

peon_a-z,A-Z,0-9$_+! Re:Always? (104 comments)

Assuming your post is derived from the following Wikipedia excerpt:

...a system moves to higher energies or—equivalently—larger quantum numbers, i.e. whereas a single particle exhibits a degree of randomness, in systems incorporating millions of particles averaging takes over and, at the high energy limit, the statistical probability of random behaviour approaches zero. In other words, classical mechanics is simply a quantum mechanics of large systems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q...

Then you have interpreted it a bit incorrectly. Everything is not random, everything exhibits a degree of randomness. Just because we can't properly measure the deterministic nature of it, doesn't make it inherently random.

It looks random to us, but if there were no limit to our measuring capability we would know that it is indeed not random.

Kind of like the Earth Is Flat type argument of modern times.

about 7 months ago

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