NVidia has announced impressive progress in using AI to remove noise from “grainy” images without access to a clean version of the image to learn from.
By noise – they tend to refer to the grainy result of a low light digital photo, a side benefit being that they can also easily remove textual noise. Currently, the result is “softer” than the original clean image, but I’m curious whether it will end up causing issues with watermarking or other copy protection schemes. At what point will “good enough” be sufficient for a derivative use when we deal in low resolution imagery on the web all the time?
Many of us in collections rely on the use of watermarks to make openly sharing our collections more palatable to our donors. Already, we have to warn them that there is no low barrier way to really prevent unattributed image reuse… This is simply going to make that conversation even more difficult.
Interesting approach to make sharing your location verbally easier. GPS has more resolution, but is almost impossible to share quickly without some sort of electronic handshake.
What Three Words
How What3words pinpoints every spot on Earth for better navigation
Note to Libraries colleagues – this company currently has a staff of 12 just to manage and encourage the use of this single set of three-word terms…
“We make money by a tool that converts three-word addresses into latitude and longitude” (spoken by Sheldrick in the CNET interview)
Lest you say – “well, that’s interesting – but I think the terms we use should be in the public domain…” may I refer you to Patent #9883333
Getting a start on digging into robotics platforms for a project I’m thinking through.
Collecting some resources to dig into further later:
(Robot Operating System – and Gazebo (a tool for simulating indoor and outdoor robots)
Open Source platform (humanoid)
Arduino Vs Raspberry Pi – Which is Better for Robotics Projects?
Just saw this over at the New York Times blog. I’ve had my issues with memory myself so things like this spark my interest pretty quickly. It seems that all this multitasking we do may be screwing with our precious short term memory… uhoh.
Multitasking Takes Toll on Memory, Study Finds
I hope this bit of introspection from tsvenson over at drupal.org (Wake up community – WordPress.org should scare you!) gets some traction. He makes some excellent points about how the drupal.org experience is likely to scare away anybody but the most hardy self implementers. I believe that the system is worth the effort, but acknowledge that it does take a huge amount of effort to bridge the gap from considering an install and actually doing one. Drupal 7 has made some good improvements in being easier to use as a novice, but if people are scared away when they try to play with it… where are they going to go? (and yeah… my blog is … in wordpress…)
Just a quick note that I’m REALLY liking the integration between smugmug and Adobe Lightroom 3. You can see my smugmug stream at:
The only thing I’m looking for is the ability to sync photo metadata back from smugmug (since it offers the ability to allow others to tag, caption, etc)
For the first time in a long time I broke down and accepted the protection plan that big box offered me when I was checking out. You know, “just pay an extra $15 and you will be able to exchange the thing you are buying at any time for any reason…” I’ve always viewed these things as something that earns them extra cash while “covering” you with additional warranty service that is hard to use and inadequate when you do.
Well, I have to say … it actually seems to have been worth it on these $70 headphones I bought. I thought to myself, “I always mangle my headphones.. what the hell, why not?!”
I bought the coverage and, so far, I’ve received 3 “free” new pairs of headphones to replace the ones that failed on me. All I’ve had to pay is a few minutes in line at the Service Counter. They’ve been pleasant and efficient and soon after walking in, I’ve been told to go select a new pair from the headphone display. This last time, it is clear the manufacturer has redesigned the piece that has been failing… so maybe this set will last a bit longer. [grin]
So far… a good bet.