Kurt mentions OpenCV in his presentation. What is it? The Wikipedia entry for OpenCV (or Open Source Computer Vision Library) states that it “is a library of programming functions mainly aimed at real time computer vision.”
He also talks about support vector machines (SVM) as a means of analyzing images so as to recognize and distinguish bird shapes from squirrel shapes.
VLC 2.0 (Twoflower) has arrived and I couldn’t be happier! Why do I like it so much? What’s not to like about it? This excellent application:
enhances the sound of some media files
is cross-platform (works on Mac, Windows, and Linux!)
opens all kinds of media files
plays anything with minimal hassle
takes minimum effort to install
This is one of the first programs I install on any machine I use. To me, VLC is the Swiss army knife multimedia player. This hardy little gem can handle just about anything I can throw at it. What’s more, it works on all of my computers.
Geocube is an engaging, FREE, online resource devoted to the exploration of geography. With an interface based on the appearance of a Rubik Cube, its six faces and 54 topics invite users to learn more about our planet.
Sometimes, looking at an issue, a concept, or a subject from a different vantage point gives us a whole new means of comprehending the topic. Ultimately, shifts in the direction of our inquiry, engendered by changes in the manner in which we’re making observations provide new perspectives. By observing a notion from different angles, we end up with a parallax view of the idea. We begin to understand that there are more layers of meaning to take into account, additional details that are worthy of inspection.
Humans appreciate familiarity. We grow accustomed to routines and fall into them with startling regularity. When we use a particular path to arrive at a desired destination, whether making our way to a market or an answer to a question, the ruts that form our route are continually reinforced by our travel. The more often we progress along the circuit, the deeper the rut becomes, the more ingrained the routine is in our approach. For example, many individuals, when conducting research these days, automatically turn to Google or Wikipedia for an answer without bothering to deviate to an alternative road to enlightenment.
Drop by Freebase and check out the Categories there.
What do you know about a unit of knowledge? Google’s relatively recent Knol is designed to help users locate an authoritative article about a given topic.
My apologies to director Alan J. Pakula and actor Warren Beatty for alluding to their 1974 film the political thriller, The Parallax View, in my post title. No conspiracy was involved. It’s an engaging (if not disturbing) work of cinema that’s guaranteed to deliver a shiver or two.
Students in different countries all over the globe are equal in one respect–they spend a great deal of their time in high school. They have to do that. That said, what do they gain for their efforts? Do these young people end up with the same prospects? What will they eventually contribute to the global economy, industry, and society?