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Comment: Re:Play favorites? I believe it (Score 1) 323

by joshharle (#37018864) Attached to: Computers Could Grade Essay Tests Better Than Profs

> a prime example of the human mind finding connections between random data points

This is what poetry is working with. Calling it a "figment of your imagination" belies how powerful our imagination is in how we live. Seeing Jesus in burnt toast is a testament to the power of the image of Jesus in the viewers unconscious. Otherwise you may interpret it as Chuck Norris. Similarly people don't tend to go to war on the basis of a personal cost-benefit analysis, they think of Duty, Valour, Heroism, and Patriotism.

Poems are not literal representations. They evoke feelings that are concretely "real" in our lives, but cannot be indexed directly with words.


Just Months After Jeopardy!, Watson Wows Doctors 291

Posted by Soulskill
from the do-no-harm-while-killing-all-humans dept.
kkleiner writes "Following its resounding victory on Jeopardy!, IBM's Watson has been working hard to learn as much about medicine as it can with a steady diet of medical textbooks and healthcare journals. In a recent demonstration to the Associated Press, Watson showed a promising ability to diagnose patients. The demonstration was a success, and it is the hope of IBM and many medical professionals that in the coming years Watson will lend doctors a helping hand as they perform their daily rounds."

'No Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Coming To Florida? 1219

Posted by timothy
from the ends-justify-the-means dept.
schwit1 writes "With New Year's Eve only days away, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects this to be one of the deadliest weeks of the year on the roads. But now a new weapon is being used in the fight against drunk driving. ... Florida is among several states now holding what are called 'no refusal' checkpoints. It means if you refuse a breath test during a traffic stop, a judge is on site, and issues a warrant that allows police to perform a mandatory blood test."

Comment: Kinects (Score 2) 96

by joshharle (#34522148) Attached to: Researchers Develop Genuine 3D Camera
I'm glad to see people calling "bullshit" on this. I'm big into developments of PhotoSynth/Bundler/PMVS and other interesting 3D photogrammetry, so this is close to my heart. I'd just like to clear up a confusion though: "You can do a better job of 3D scene reconstruction with three or four Kinects in different places[...]" Unfortunately you can't, as the Kinects use structured light reconstruction, and the IR light patterns from multiple Kinects would confuse each other.

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