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Everyone Agrees about That, So…

February 6th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Take great care when everyone agrees about something. Once the world was plagued with the longitude problem. Long-distance sea travel was dangerous and fraught with the great unknown, “where are we?!?!?!?” Everyone agreed on the solution to the longitude problem. Everyone, that is, except the carpenter who solved the problem. For background, […]

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Tags: Engineering · General Systems Thinking · Ideas · Observation · Science

Remote Sensing and not-so-Remote Sensing

August 17th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Recent experience with Pluto shows us once again that all the expert ideas about remote things are usually wrong. Sensing something from a distance, a.k.a., remote sensing is difficult. I’ve written about this before. Everyone seems to know this, but that doesn’t stop people from acting as if they are exceptional. I […]

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Tags: Estimation · General Systems Thinking · Learning · Science

Automatic Photo Recognition and Advertising

March 16th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Tech companies use photo recognition algorithms to learn about you. They sell this information to advertisers, and the rest is history. It is with humble apologies to the professors who ushered me into research in computer vision and image processing that I present this post. Google and others are constantly improving their […]

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Tags: Science · Technology

Science, Politics, Hyperbole, and Trust

November 17th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Politics often delves into hyperbole to make a point. Hyperbole could be the death of science. A recent poll (don’t you love it when someone starts with that phrase?) shows that Americans view scientists as competent but not trustworthy. What’s up with that? Politics. IMHO, scientists are depending too much on politicians […]

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Tags: Science · Systems