Computer vision and augmented reality has the potential to change the way in which we interact with digital information. is experimenting with Thermal Touch, a prototype that explores ways to interact with smartphones and laptops using the residual heat from a finger when a surface is touched.
Utilizing a thermal camera to detect the heat from a touch, along with a standard camera to determine the location of the object being touched, Thermal Touch could enable the use of a wide variety of surfaces as an interactive touch interface.
What potential applications do you see for this technology?
And no, the agenda of (nearly all ) science-friendly folk is NOT to "ruin the economy" or to "shiver and starve in the dark." TWODA is about investing prudently in energy efficiency -- and after 25 years of delay, the new car mileage standards are working brilliantly. Efficiency that would save us all money, create energy independence and have scores of other benefits...
...hence the acronym TWODA... Things We Ought to be Doing Anyway... even if climate change were completely wrong!
It is the utter refusal to negotiate even mild versions of TWODA that belies every denialist claim of reasonableness, and exposes it as a raving, anti-science cult.
Australia has immense potential to flourish as a strong startup ecosystem. In 2013, Google commissioned a study to learn more about the landscape Down Under and learned by 2033, the country can add $109 Billion directly from the high growth technology sector alone! If citizens and government are in alignment to support entrepreneurs Australia has a great future ahead. Read more about the report here: http://goo.gl/dwIaif
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Perhaps I would have been better not linking to that article, and just saying that I think it sad that there is so little trust in the US.
2014 Honorable Mention:
Joel Veness, Kee Siong Ng, Marcus Hutter, William Uther and David Silver (2011) "A Monte-Carlo AIXI Approximation", Volume 40, pages 95-142.
The 2014 Prize Committee provided the following citation: "This paper investigates the possibility of designing reinforcement learning agents based on a direct approximation of AIXI, a Bayesian notion of optimality in uncertain sequential decision making environments. Although it had been unclear whether AIXI could provide a practical foundation for designing learning agents, this paper demonstrates the first plausible realization of an AIXI agent by exploiting Monte Carlo tree search and context tree weighting algorithms. The paper presents a bold and original perspective on the difficult problem of partially observable reinforcement learning, while demonstrating impressive results on a range of applications."
The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-JAIR) have announced their annual Best Paper Prize, awarded to Google Senior Staff Research Scientist and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology faculty member for their 2009 paper Wikipedia-based Semantic Interpretation for Natural Language Processing.
Awarded to papers published in JAIR from the preceding five calendar years, this publication represents an early and influential investigation of how knowledge derived from publicly available text resources, such as Wikipedia, can allow high dimensional representations of contextual word meaning. In the paper, the authors outline Explicit Semantic Analysis (ESA), a semantic interpretation of unrestricted natural language texts, explicitly representing the meaning of any text in terms of Wikipedia-based concepts.
To learn more about the research that now lies at the heart of current work in natural language processing and information retrieval, read the full paper at http://goo.gl/cSoQbD.
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