Modern image recognition is within a few percent as good as humans.  

But the trend is clear. “It is clear that humans will soon outperform state-of-the-art image classification models only by use of significant effort, expertise, and time,” say Russakovsky and co.

What I find really great about this is that libraries are already available for deep belief networks for us mere mortal programmers.

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The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever | MIT Technology Review
Machines are now almost as good as humans at object recognition, and the turning point occurred in 2012, say computer scientists.

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Neat animated graph of income vs life expectancy for a bunch of countries since …

Neat animated graph of income vs life expectancy for a bunch of countries since 1800.

Click the Play button near the lower left corner to animate it.

http://www.contriving.net/link/fv

Neat animated graph of income vs life expectancy for a bunch of countries since 1800.

Click the Play button near the lower left corner to animate it.

http://www.contriving.net/link/fv

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SyFy is making a mini-series based upon the great Arthur C

Clarke book, Childhood's End.  

I don't really have any confidence in SyFy to do the book justice, but here's hoping…

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I was just reading this retrospective look at how Hitler invaded Poland and was reminded…

I was just reading this retrospective look at how Hitler invaded Poland and was reminded of the similarities between that invasion and the current situation in Ukraine.  

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75 years ago, Hitler invaded Poland. Here’s how it happened.
Looking back at Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, which marked the start of World War II.

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Was the attack on Pearl Harbor brilliantly planned and executed or was it successful…

Was the attack on Pearl Harbor brilliantly planned and executed or was it successful in only the loosest sense of the word?

Not only was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor far from brilliant, it also narrowly avoided disaster.

This article makes the case that it was a junk plan and barely worked.

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Pearl Harbor
Facts, information and articles about the attack on Pearl Harbor, the first battle of World War II Pearl Harbor Facts Dates December 7, 1941 Location Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Generals/Commanders United States: Husband Kimmel and Walter Short Japanese: Chuichi Nagumo and Isoroku Yamamoto Soldiers Engaged United States: Japanese: Outcome Japanese Victory Casualties United States: 3,700 Japanese: [...]

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Population of the United States is moving Southwest

 Since 1900 in particular it has really drifted South.

Population of the United States is moving Southwest.  Since 1900 in particular it has really drifted South.

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Is it just me or does this police body camera seem kind of sub par?

In today's world a camera that only records 640×480 and can only preserve 30 seconds of video and costs $400 seems to be setting a pretty low bar.

I don't know how long your average police person's shift is, but say it's 8 hours, you could record video at 2 mbit/s and store a complete stream of that whole 8 hours in 60 gigabytes of flash storage and then you wouldn't be reliant on a cop to press the "hey save what just happened" button on the camera.

What if the officer was incapacitated and couldn't press the button?  What if the officer is behaving badly?  Why in the world would they press the button?

You could even have a button for the officer to press to mark sections of the video so you didn't have to peruse hours and hours of video to find interesting parts.

Now, I'm not saying it would be easy to create such a camera.  You'd have to have sufficient battery capacity and you'd have to think about flash durability, but those are not insurmountable obstacles.

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Could This Camera Prevent Police Brutality?
Taser–the world’s favorite non-lethal weapons manufacturer–says its new surveillance device can protect both cops and citizens.

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PyCharm and Python function annotations

If you're a python programmer, the PyCharm IDE can  use Python 3 function annotations to do type suggestions and warnings.

I made this little animation to demonstrate.

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PyCharm with type annotations – Gfycat
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