Emotion reading. Algorithms. Humans.
Emotion-reading algorithms cannot predict intentions via facial expressions. Though algorithms are increasingly being deployed in all facets of life, a new study has found that they fail basic tests as truth detectors. (1) How could they not fail? We cannot see it now, but algorithms will forever fail. For even when they succeed, they will […]
Coronavirus: Selecting who will die. Playing God. Hubris. Punishment.
Many talk about the coronavirus. Many have opinions. Many theories. And one theory that is starting to gain a lot of followers is the one that England has decided to apply: Let’s sacrifice some to save others. Let the vulnerable groups and old men die and let the rest live. If we don’t do it, […]
Killing humans. By analyzing rocks. [Brake that rock!]
University of California, Berkeley neuroscientists have tracked the progress of a thought through the brain, showing clearly how the prefrontal cortex at the front of the brain coordinates activity to help us act in response to a perception. Recording the electrical activity of neurons directly from the surface of the brain, the scientists found that […]
New neural networks. Predicting. Machines. Humans. (From wisdom to knowledge to data)
A new type of neural network made with memristors can dramatically improve the efficiency of teaching machines to think like humans. The network, called a reservoir computing system, could predict words before they are said during conversation, and help predict future outcomes based on the present. Memristors are a special type of resistive device that […]
Satellites, photos, Earth, humans.
The WorldView-3 satellite, which launched on August 13, has sent back its first images. The new satellite can see to a resolution of 31 centimeters. That means each pixel of the camera captures one square foot of land, which is sharp enough to see home plate at Yankee Stadium, to map crops by pattern and […]
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