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We, Robot: A Vision of What’s to Come

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… to the level many science fiction writers predicted. One of the key sticking points is robot vision.

While naturally the details of robot vision technologies are complicated, the bare bolts are roughly analogous to the way we ourselves see – with an eye and a brain. First, you need a camera or sensor to take in images (eye) and a unit to process the information, generally by analyzing every pixel (brain). An added bonus is the ability to act on the information, which is necessary …

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My Wife, the Computer

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… their work would be used down the line.

In the modern world it seems odd that a human could be a computer – the sentence “allow me to introduce my wife; she’s a computer” would surely raise some eyebrows. A moment’s consideration of the word itself removes the oddness – to compute is to calculate, so it follows that a “computer” would correspond to “one who calculates”. So before the machines established their binary monopoly on working stuff out, there was only one way …

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Space Peas and Holy Toast: Why Pattern Recognition is Humanity’s Killer App

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… ability to notice unexpected anomalies shows where human pattern recognition is supreme. A computer would not have noticed the peas, as they were not part of the focal problem. However, sadly, for every Space Pea there is a slice of Holy Toast, and human pattern recognition’s strength (the ability to detect patterns and deduce meaning) is also its weakness (it can lead to people detecting patterns in meaningless noise).

This is where the power of the crowd can make a difference. …

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Michael S Hart: a man of many words

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… started out, Michael Hart was dismissed as “that crazy guy who wants to put Shakespeare in a computer”. Forty years on, Project Gutenberg is a piece of crowdsourcing history. Every digitization project since – from Google Books to Digitalkoot – owes a debt to Hart’s vision and, of course, to the literary dedication of the Gutenberg crowd.

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Crowds against the Machine: will digital workers soon be digitized?

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… have experimented with cutting edge A.I. –designing Google Street View, they used sophisticated computer vision systems called ConvNets to blot out faces and license plates. ConvNets are capable of “deep learning”– they modify their own parameters when fed new information (something many football fans seem to struggle with).

An artificial struggle

The sophistication of this technology is awesome, but is it good news for the crowdsourcing industry? Without ConvNets, wouldn’t …

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