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Extremely High Waisted Pants

If you think about it, wearing tops and pants are totally inefficient. I mean, why wear two pieces of clothings when one would do? Yes, women have been wearing one-piece dresses forever but it’s high time that someone give poor ol’ pants [...]

When It Comes to Facial Recognition, Caricatures Beat Photos

We have a little saying around here—If the Hamburg Data Protection Authority doesn’t like it, we don’t like it either. What the HDPA doesn’t like these days is the new facial recognition feature embedded in Facebook’s new photo-tagging software, which is creepily known as “suggested automatic tagging.” They claim it violates privacy laws because it’s [...]

Better Facial Recognition Algorithms Through Caricatures

Since 9/11, there’s been a renewed interest in facial recognition algorithm to catch terrorists trying to slip into the country but ten years later, the system ain’t anywhere close to perfect (yes, even including Facebook’s creepy facial recognition system) Perhaps they’re going about it the wrong way, according to Ben Austen of Wired. Rather than taking [...]

Nao Humanoid Robot Plays Card Games With Kids

When I was a kid we had to make do with a Light Bright to entertain us. Now it looks like we are one step closer to children having a robotic, artificially intelligent play friend. Which will be perfect for the child with no friends. Visual pattern recognition is an important part of human intelligence. It’s [...]

9 Surprising Things Found in "Where’s Waldo?" Books

Since 1987, illustrator Martin Handford’s Where’s Waldo? (Where’s Wally in the UK) books have challenged the pattern recognition skills of children and adults. In the many books featuring Waldo, Handford has occasionally hidden strange if not a touch scandalous images. Adrian Beiting of of the geekery blog Topless Robot has compiled nine of the oddities, [...]

Inflatable Concrete and Other Innovations in Materials Science

The Medium Awards is an annual materials sciences recognition program in the UK. Cliff Kuang of Fast Company has a slideshow of seven winners, including a carbon fiber alternative made from carrots, a sponge that absorbs oil but not water, and a very lightweight substitute for kevlar. Pictured above is an inflatable tent made from [...]