Google’s Machine Learning Algorithms Outpacing Engineers’ Ability to Understand How they Work
“Google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.
What stunned [Google Software Engineer] Quoc V. Le is that the software has learned to pick out features in things like paper shredders that people can’t easily spot – you’ve seen one shredder, you’ve seen them all, practically. But not so for Google’s monster.
Many of Quoc’s pals had trouble identifying paper shredders when he showed them pictures of the machines, he said. The computer system has a greater success rate, and he isn’t quite sure how he could write a program to do this.
Google researchers can no longer explain exactly how the system has learned to spot certain objects, because the programming appears to think independently from its creators, and its complex cognitive processes are inscrutable. "
#we’re all fucked
In more ways than one!
With the weather getting colder (that is, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) it’s high time we shared more images from the Department of Awesome Snowflake Photography. These amazing photos were taken by Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov, who adapted his camera in order to achieve remarkably close-up focus on individual snowflakes after they’ve fall on the ground. He illuminates his shots with a flashlight and the background texture is dark wool fabric.
Alexy’s images reveal the unique geometric shapes of each snowflake with such astonishing clarity that it’s easy to forget just how tiny they really are. Visit Alexey Kljatov’s Flickr stream to view many more of his remarkable snowflake photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
If you don’t think birds are the most amazing little shits on this earth, you’re lieing to yourself and should probably see a physiologist.
DON’T TELL ME
THE MOST UNIQUE
LOOK! THIS ONE LOOKS LIKE A DOCTOR SEUSS CHARACTER!
HOLY CRAP THERE’S A BIRD TYPE FOR EVERYONE!
SO THE NEXT TIME YOU THINK OF SOMETHING AMAZING, BIRDS BETTER BE THE FIRST THING THAT ENTERS YOUR MIND.
Horned Parakeet (Eunymphicus cornutus)
…a species of psittaculid parrot that is endemic to New Caledonia. They typically inhabit laurel forests and pine forests with Agathis and Aaucaria present. Like other parrots this species will congregate in pairs or small flocks and will forage for seeds and nuts in trees. True to its common name E. cornutus sports two black and red feathers that protrude from its head.
Currently Eunymphicus cornutus is listed as vulnerable and has been in decline since the 1800’s. It is threatened mostly by habitat fragmentation/destruction and poaching.
This isn’t mine, I found it on pinterest. BUT, it is a very good wand tutorial.
I need me a hot glue gun hot damn
Everyone is getting wands for christmas.