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and just because it's such awesome maths:

Fast Anisotropic Smoothing of Multi-Valued Images by Curvature-Preserving PDE's
(yes, the algorithm did just fill in all the blanks with no knowledge whatsoever of what was supposed to be there)

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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 30th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC) (link)
that restoration algorithm is cool :)
http://www.riya.com/ looks pretty cool too.

-fw
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 30th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC) (link)
did you see the noise reduction pictures too? Man, that's some damn impressive stuff.

I chose that pic just because it was the one that was obviously working their algorithms the hardest (based on time taken to do the enhancement), but there's a lot of other stuff their algorithms just whizzed through that leave you scratching your head going "htF did they do that?"

Riya I'm skeptical about.

For example, even the sample given at the start - how does it magically know who "devan" is? Does it scan the phone book? No, some human has to tag the pic. Now, ok, picking between two faces, that's nifty, but it's still leveraging off human input. If you tag all your photos, I'm sure I could scan those tags too.. in about 2 lines of perl :)

having most of the pics "private, ask for permission" doesn't help either, in terms of impressing me with its performance.

the search I had in a while back impressed me more - you could draw a picture, and it would find all pictures that looked the same, now -that- kicked ass :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 30th, 2006 02:52 pm (UTC) (link)
Ah yeah, there are these issues.

Hypothetically you'd only have to train the system a little before it picked up the faces in all new photos, based on the people you know. So if your friends have taken photos and tagged them, it is likely that they know the same people and the system could use that information. Of course having the photos private by default is silly.

Anyway, that's how I envisaged it. They'll probably screw it up.

I also found that http://www.fitday.com exists, kinda like what I planned but not quite as fancy.

-fw
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 30th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC) (link)
ahh... interesting.

of course, just because there's competition doesn't mean you can't do a better job. Google wasn't the first search engine, etc etc..
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notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: January 30th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (link)
which, I am sure, surprises us both equally... :)
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