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Submission + - From Images, Common Sense (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC is reporting on an effort at Carnegie Mellon University to teach a computer common sense through image analysis. The Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) is using two clusters of computers that include 200 processing cores to analyze millions of images and form thousands of associations. The pearls of wisdom derived include such as: "Airbus_330" can be a kind of / look similar to "airplane", or "Leaning_tower" can be found in "Pisa". Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Department of Defense is funding the effort.
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From Images, Common Sense

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The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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