The World Championship-winning ice sculpture “Blue Ring Octopus,” won years ago and was completed by Heather Brice and Junichi Nakamura! ”Like” this sculpture?!
Comme des Garcons. NYC, 1984
Things auto-tagged ‘Jungle Gym’ on Flickr
Flickr has introduced auto-tagging, aided by Machine Learning (I checked that it is with ML and found this Yahoo machine learning presentation). The user response has been quite negative so far, this Flickr forum post has a lot of angry pro users having to correct thousands of photographs for inexact tagging. Flickr openly say they want people to correct their tags because that will further help train their ML algorithms.
Alex Hern of the Guardian wrote about some contentious cases such as when people have been auto-tagged ‘ape’ and when concentration camps get tagged ‘sport’ and ‘jungle gym’. In isolation these cases seem really outrageous so I did a search for ‘jungle gym’ and found many false positives, painting a much more systemic problem; it seems Flickr’s strategy is to auto-tag as much as possible, forcing their users, often not bothered about tags, to respond by curating a better set of tags for each image. So the bigger strategy seems to pitch machine learning against human labour in an attempt to make their algos smarter and their image service perfectly tagged.
The autotagging is still pretty terrible, but until flickr pays me to fix it, I’m not fixing it. At least it is obvious which tags are added by flickr and which are added by the user (solid background tags are user tags, outlined tags are machine learning tags).
The Portland Church of Our Saint Lady of Comic Sans (at Tremont Evangelical Church)
Illustration of the feeding mechanism of the sea gooseberry. When relaxed its tentacles expand, acting like a spider’s web to capture prey. Instead of stinging cells, these tentacles are lined with special adhesive cells to prevent prey from escaping.
They had these little guys at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a while, and I was absolutely fascinated by how much their tentacles can stretch. Really cool!
RIBBON | Komada Architects’ Office Japan, 2011.