Machine-learning system tackles speech and object recognition, all at once

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MIT computer scientists have developed a system that learns to identify objects within an image, based on a spoken description of the image.

Model learns to pick out objects within an image, using spoken descriptions.

MIT computer scientists have developed a system that learns to identify objects within an image, based on a spoken description of the image. Given an image and an audio caption, the model will highlight in real-time the relevant regions of the image being described.

Unlike current speech-recognition technologies, the model doesn’t require manual transcriptions and annotations of the examples it’s trained on. Instead, it learns words directly from recorded speech clips and objects in raw images, and associates them with one another.

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3D printed maps will enable the blind to navigate their city

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3D printed map.

While modern technology has benefited most of us by turning the things we consume from physical object into pixels on a screen, those with sight difficulties don’t get along well with visual stimuli or touchscreen devices. We have seen Yahoo! Japan develop Hands On Search, a project that lets blind kids carry out web searches with 3D printed results. Now the country’s governmental department GSI is creating software that will enable those with visual impairments to print out 3D versions of online maps.

 

 

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Men and women really do see the world differently

Research has shown that the differences between the male and female visual cortex means that men and women literally see the world differently. From differences in sensitivity to color, patterns, and hue to being more or less sensitive to movement against a pattern, understanding and making use of these differences in visual processing is essential to many fields such as advertising, manufacturing, and video development

 

 

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Brilliant Forced Perspective Photography – Part 1

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Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, filmmaking and architecture. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera.

 

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Action Packed Video Games Boosts Ability to Concentrate in a Crisis

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A scene from Call of Duty.

Action packed video games are often criticised for being distracting and encouraging violent behavior.  However, a review published this month has found that people who play ‘shoot ’em ups’ such as Halo and Call of Duty have far better visual attention than their non-gaming peers.

 

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Beer Goggles Mystery Solved

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Alcohol dulls the ablity to recognize symetrical faces.

Everyone looks better after you’ve tipped back a pint or two, and now we may know why.  It turns out that alcohol dulls our ability to recognize cockeyed, asymmetrical faces, according to researchers who tested the idea on both sober and inebriated college students in England.

 

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Best Visual Illusion Of The Year Contest

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The contest is a celebration of the ingenuity and creativity of the worlds premier visual illusion research community. Visual illusions are those perceptual experiences that do not match the physical reality. Our perception of the outside world is generated indirectly by brain mechanisms, and so all visual perception is illusory to some extent.

The study of visual illusions is therefore of critical importance to the understanding of the basic mechanisms of sensory perception, as well as to cure many diseases of the visual system.

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A World Where Serial Visual Data Transmission Never Existed

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That’s the vision behind Gebhard Sengmüller’s art installation entitled “A Parallel Image.” Starting with the work of French engineer Maurice Leblanc in 1880, moving images were transmittable electrically by breaking them down into single frames, and then frames into individual pixels. This is how broadcast and cable television developed. Sengmüller writes…

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Do Babies Only Start To Crawl When They Are Able To See Danger Coming?

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Do infants only start to crawl once they are physically able to see danger coming? Or is it that because they are more mobile, they develop the ability to sense looming danger? According to Ruud van der Weel and Audrey van der Meer, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, infants’ ability to see whether an object is approaching on a direct collision course, and when it is likely to collide, develops around the time they become more mobile.

 

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Color Has A Significant Effect On How People Think And Act

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IMAGINE you are an experienced martial arts referee. You are asked to score a number of taekwondo bouts, shown to you on video. In each bout, one combatant is wearing red, the other blue. Would clothing colour make any difference to your impartial, expert judgement? Of course it wouldn’t.

 

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