Microsoft Research Making Strides in Video

MSR has a paper describing a very clever trick for video. They describe it for automatically creating cartoons, but the applications extend beyond that. Basically, one of the things those clever kids have been paying attention to is looking at video as a 3-D structure and applying algorithms to the resulting “shapes”. In this case, you lay down reference points on two frames, and they tween the reference points not by linearly interpolating between X and Y, but by creating a spline that follows the defined color/shape as it goes through Z (time).

Managerial gender equity predicts ROI?

According to a study quoted in a recent New Scientist, the companies in the Fortune 500 with the highest number of women in senior management positions had 35% higher return on stockholder investment than those with the fewest. Sounds good, but be aware that the study was done by “Catalyst, a ‘on-adversarial advocacy organization,’works to advance women in business leadership with a particular focus on placing women on the boards of Fortune 500 companies.”

Artificial Hippocampus For Memory Enhancement, plus Replay?

Researchers at USC have modeled the transforms associated with production of memory. It’s a black-box: they aren’t interested in the subjective experience of the transform, just how inputs (short-term memories) are turned into outputs (long-term memories). The article speaks of prosthesis for memory disorders, which is certainly the first market, but once you’ve figured out the IO model for memory you’re in major-league Philip K. Dick territory. What happens when you record my inputs and play them into your hippocampus? Do you end up with a personalized version of my experiences?