A robot with a broken leg learns to walk again
A heat map of your preferences over the beer space.
Developer Kevin Jamieson writes, "Beer Mapper is a practical implementation of my Active Ranking work on an Apple iPad. The application presents a pair of beers, one pair at a time, from a list of beers that you have indicated you know or have access to and then asks you to select which one you prefer. After you have provided a number of answers, the application shows you a heat map of your preferences over the 'beer space.'" [more inside]
advances UC Berkeley’s mission to make sense of big data and to use new technology to document and maintain endangered languages as critical resources for preserving cultures and knowledge. [...] it can also provide clues to how languages might change years from now."
I See What You Did There: Software Uses Video to Infer Game Rules and Achieve Victory Conditions.
A French computer scientist has constructed a system that successfully divines the rules
to simple games just by using video input of human players at work.
How do robots see the world?
This is an experiment in found machine-vision footage, exploring the aesthetics of the robot eye. [SLVimeo]
In the recent MIT symposium "Brains, Minds and Machines
," Chomsky criticized the use of purely statistical methods to understand linguistic behavior. Google's Director of Research, Peter Norvig responds
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Introduced to Western culture by the Beatles in their single Norwegian Wood
, the sitar
has featured prominently in North Indian classical music for centuries. Princeton-based computer scientist Ajay Kapur updates the instrument with his ESitar
, an audio and video controller that uses gesture input
(PDF) and machine learning
algorithms to facilitate joining the computer with Ajay in his sitar performance. Undergraduate engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania work from the other direction, building RAVI-bot
, an award-winning
, self-playing robotic sitar
(YouTube) programmed to generate music from classical Raga scales and melodies
all on its own. For those in the Philadelphia area, be sure to check out a live performance of RAVI-bot at the local Klein Art Gallery.