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August 25th, 2009

Increadable 3D model face extraction from a photograph (or the Mona Lisa!) [Aug. 25th, 2009|06:22 am]
This demo shows them extract the 3D features of a face in a photograph, and then edit the face via sliders to make it smile, put on weight, or turn its head.

Crime-stoppers will never be the same again!

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Lie detecting. [Aug. 25th, 2009|06:51 am]
"...Studies do show that polygraph tests are slightly better than, say, marshmallows at determining a person's truthfulness, but they are far from completely accurate. In 2003 a huge study by the National Academy of Sciences found polygraphs do help detect lies at a rate a little better than flipping a coin does. But that's actually a bad thing; if your hit rate is just higher than chance, the sheer number of false positives render the effort worthless. For instance, when using the machines to screen employees (as federal agencies do in the U.S.) they found you'd be better off just rejecting the guys who have "shifty eyes.""

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The boy who heard too much. [Aug. 25th, 2009|07:00 pm]
A very well written essay about a blind boy growing up in an abusive home, cruel school, and magical technological world heard through his ears, one he learns to control...


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