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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 [...]

If A Blind Man Can Suddenly See, Would He Be Able to Distinguish Objects by Sight Alone?

In 1688, Irish scientist William Molyneux asked philosopher John Locke “if a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he similarly distinguish those objects by sight if given the ability to see?” That philosophical thought experiment, called Molyneux’s Problem, stood for centuries until MIT researchers Richard Held and [...]