How to handle all that surveillance video footage

The New Scientist reports that a new system will be able to watch surveillance video footage and analyse it for violent activities, which it can then flag for human attention. I suppose its a google for actions. Sangho Park, one of the system designers, has published a paper on “Recognition of two-person interactions using a…

Castles in the air

Thanks to ReBang for an extraordinary video from Front Design. This shows furniture being drawn with light pens, and then fabricated. In other words, the designers simply run their hands through the air around the shape they imagine. The light traces from the pens they hold are somehow converted into a 3d drawing, and this…

Using it wisely…

I was reminded of recent pessimism about the value of blogs by a report on US intelligence published on Cryptome. The report, The Myth of Delusion – Exposing the American Intelligence, by Muhammad Khalil al-Hakaymah and dated September 11, 2001, takes a predictable anti-US line. It concludes: “….during the next fifteen years, the al-Qaeda organization…

From $139m to nothing in one blow.

Cant resist recording this BBC report – a US businessman put his elbow through a Picasso painting he had just sold for $139 million. The painting was Picassos Le Reve. Steve Wynn, a Las Vegas magnate, had just sold the painting to art collector Steven Cohen and was showing it to guests at his office.…

Homage to John Berger, and a question.

Ive been re-reading John Bergers Ways of Seeing, a book which made a great impression on me years ago. No intelligent person is a Marxist these days, and I certainly never was, but several arguments survive and still interest me. But why do so few people see the changes happening under our own noses? How…

The Uses of Blogs

This is one of those blog navel-gazing stories. How to Save the World reports a survey on Zahmoo about what people get out of blogging, and goes on to speculate about the future of blogging. I responded briefly on Zahmoo, but the purpose of this post is to examine How to save the Worlds analysis.…

The Connectivity Map

Its easy to get paranoid about the implications of large databases and search technologies, so Im grateful to FutureWire for drawing my attention to the Connectivity Map. To make the Connectivity Map “the scientists described the effects of different drugs and diseases using the common language of “genomic signatures” — the full complement of genes…