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The Laplacian pyramid is ubiquitous for decomposing images into multiple scales and is widely used for image analysis. However, because it is constructed with spatially invariant Gaussian kernels, the Laplacian pyramid is widely believed to be ill-suited for representing edges, as well as for edge-aware operations such as edge-preserving smoothing and tone mapping.
A computer that taught itself to play almost 50 video games including Space Invaders and Pong is being hailed as the pinnacle of artificial intelligence. But it is unlikely to spark the Terminator-like Armageddon predicted in recent months by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk (who provided early funding for the project) and physicist Stephen Hawking.
Stepping out of the elevator on the seventh floor of Carnegie Mellon University's Gates Center for Computer Science, I'm greeted by an ungainly yet courteous robot. It guides me to the office of Manuela Veloso, who beams at the bot like a proud parent.
Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier and often better-looking.
Even though they're barely on the road, self-driving cars have been talked about so much that they already seem like they're last year's model. Google has been working on one for years.
Forget selfies burnt into toast and marshmallows printed with your portrait, the next trend will be to have your face immortalised on a pancake. A research and design team has created a concept 3D printer that combines facial recognition with a hot plate and layers of batter to create complex images.
The Berggruen Institute's Dawn Nakagawa recently spoke with Andrew McAfee, a co-founder of MIT's Initiative on the Digital Economy. Your book The Second Machine Age opens with an explanation of how the Industrial Revolution is the only event that bent the curve of history, causing a massive population explosion and accelerated progress in various areas of human development.
Henry Ford famously quipped that if he'd asked what people wanted, they'd have said, "faster horses. " There are countless numbers of ideas being funded every day that are aimed at essentially building faster horses.
Computer algorithms capable of playing the perfect game of checkers or Texas Hold'em poker have achieved success so far by efficiently calculating the best strategies in advance. But some computer scientists want to create a different form of artificial intelligence that can play any new game without the benefit of prior knowledge or strategies.
Back in college at the University of Waterloo, Kurtis McBride used to spend his days sitting at the side of the road, counting cars. It was one of his many tasks as an intern at a traffic engineering company--tallying the cars that drove through the intersection and reporting the data back to his bosses, who would use the intel to shorten a red light here, extend a red light there.
DETROIT -- IBM Watson initially won fame as the artificially intelligent computer system that won $1 million for whipping former Jeopardy! champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on the televised game show in 2011.
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon could be able to listen in on voice communications in difficult environments and then quickly translate and transcribe them for use by intelligence analysts and combat troops by 2017, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Newly released DARPA documents show it is continuing the next two stages of its Robust Automatic Transcription of Speech program, which is aimed at separating speech from background noise, determining which language is being spoken and then isolating key words from that speech for analysis.
The AIA has announced that four machine vision industry leaders have been elected to two-year terms on the Board of Directors of AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, the industry's trade group. Wallace Latimer, PLM Machine Vision, Coherent Inc. and Rex Lee, Ph.D., CEO/President, Pyramid Imaging, Inc. were both elected to their first term on the AIA Board.
Rarely does a day go by without mention of a new kind of robot popping up in the science headlines. We even keep an entire topic heading on the subject here at Discovery News.