Tragically, no one could hear…
Google released transit locations on Google Maps today. (Seems to include a lot of museums in the US.)
Here’s Mexico City’s airport:
I hope they are going to show where the power outlets are.
Don’t play on the road
Well this is irritating. A brilliant new app from Volkswagen that composes music based on your driving style - but you can’t download it yet.
The project began with data collection from a Golf GTi, which was used by electronic tunesmiths Underworld to create a musical soundscape that reacts to locations and driving behaviours.
Using an iPhone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to measure car movement, the app builds an individual soundtrack mapped to the way the vehicle is being driven, rather than a simple linear composition.
The teaser video above looks amazing, but for now VW is restricting the tech to a series of track events - only invited drivers will be able to write music with their right foot.
True, a general release might encourage some inappropriate street speed in pursuit of a perfect composition - and I guess this way VW can retain the publicity a bit - but in the hands of the social community this would fly.
Google’s Machine Learning Algorithms Outpacing Engineers’ Ability to Understand How they Work
“Google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.
What stunned [Google Software Engineer] Quoc V. Le is that the software has learned to pick out features in things like paper shredders that people can’t easily spot – you’ve seen one shredder, you’ve seen them all, practically. But not so for Google’s monster.
Many of Quoc’s pals had trouble identifying paper shredders when he showed them pictures of the machines, he said. The computer system has a greater success rate, and he isn’t quite sure how he could write a program to do this.
Google researchers can no longer explain exactly how the system has learned to spot certain objects, because the programming appears to think independently from its creators, and its complex cognitive processes are inscrutable. "
A Cheerful Look turned 3 today! Woot!