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        This research connected to cities’  CC-TV;  next thing you know it will start to look like the Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report.”Can computers be trained to understand body language? | Penn State University

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        Geo, Reading the article you have so kindly provided for the edifying perusal of us Loungers has reminded me of a description of earlier attempts by the wisest of men to advance knowledge for the undoubtedly beneficial improvement of the human condition. It is particularly so in the part about the goings on at Penn State that reads as follows:

        Once the researchers built the dataset and applied the human-perceived emotional annotations for each individual, they used state-of-the-art statistical techniques to validate their quality-control mechanisms and thoroughly analyzed the consensus level of their verified data labels. Further, they constructed automated emotion-recognition systems from human skeletons and image sequences. Specifically, deep learning techniques and hand-crafted, Laban-movement analysis-based features demonstrated effectiveness for the task.

        They found that the computer model could identify arousal, or how energized the experience feels, with a high level of precision. However, the researchers also found that humans are better than computers at identifying the valence —how negative or positive the experience feels.

        Now, compare that to the following (with my most deeply felt and sincere thanks to Mr. Jonathan Swift, for making it possible for me to quote in extenso from one of his interesting and ingenious, as well as most profound writings)

        “The first Man I saw was of a meager Aspect, with sooty Hands and Face, his Hair and Beard long, ragged and singed in several Places. His Cloathes, Shirt, and Skin were all of the same Colour. He had been Eight Years upon a Project for extracting Sun-Beams out of Cucumbers, which were to be put into Vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the Air in raw inclement Summers. He told me he did not doubt in Eight Years more he should be able to supply the Governors Gardens with Sun-shine at a reasonable Rate; but he complained that his stock was low, and intreated me to give him something as an Encouragement to Ingenuity, especially since this had been a very dear Season for Cucumbers. I made him a small Present, for my Lord had furnished me with Money on Purpose, because he knew their Practice of begging from all who go to see them.”

        “I went into another Chamber, but was ready to hasten back, being almost overcome with a horrible Stink. My Conductor pressed me forward, conjuring me in a Whisper to give no Offence, which would be highly resented; and therefore I durst not so much as stop my Nose. The Projector of this Cell was the most ancient Student of the Academy. His Face and Beard were of a pale Yellow; his Hands and Clothes daubed over with Filth. When I was presented to him, he gave me a close Embrace (a Compliment I could well have excused.) His Employment from his first coming into the Academy, was an Operation to reduce human Excrement to its original Food, by separating the several Parts, removing the Tincture which it receives from the Gall, making the Odour exhale, and scumming off the Saliva. He had a weekly Allowance from the Society, of a Vessel filled with human Ordure about the Bigness of a Bristol Barrel.”
        “I saw another at work to calcine Ice into Gunpowder; who likewise shewed me a Treatise he had written concerning the Malleability of Fire, which he intended to publish.”
        “There was a most ingenious Architect who had contrived a new Method for building Houses, by beginning at the Roof, and working downwards to the Foundation; which he justified to me by the like Practice of those two prudent Insects, the Bee and the Spider.”

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