Learning words from pictures

Learning words from pictures

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MIT researchers have developed a new approach to training speech-recognition systems that doesn’t depend on transcription. Instead, their system analyzes correspondences between images and spoken descriptions of those images, as captured in a large collection of audio recordings. Image: MIT News Speech recognition systems, such as those that convert speech to text on cellphones, are generally the result of machine learning. A computer pores through thousands or even millions of audio files and their transcriptions, and learns which acoustic features correspond to which typed words. But transcribing recordings is costly, time-consuming work, which has limited speech recognition to a small subset of languages spoken in wealthy nations. At the Neural Information Processing Systems conference this week, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are presenting a new…
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Drone Video Captures Killer Whales Snacking on Shark

Drone Video Captures Killer Whales Snacking on Shark

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 To killer whales, sharks aren’t all that fearsome. They’re more of a snack. A drone pilot recently captured this video of four killer whales — two adults and two juveniles — chowing down on a still-living shark off the coast of California. They appear to be offshore killer whales, a sub-species that usually spends time far from land, making any glimpses of their behavior a rare treat. Photographer Slater Moore shot the video as part of a whale-watching trip in Monterey Bay. He sent the drone aloft after realizing the whales had nabbed some prey and were in the process of eating it. The shark is still obviously alive at the beginning of the video, you can see it attempting to squirm itself loose from the massive jaws of one of the adults. The…
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5 “Star Wars” Food Gifts Any Kitchen Jedi Would Love

5 “Star Wars” Food Gifts Any Kitchen Jedi Would Love

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Love them, you will. If you love Star Wars—like, can quote every movie from memory and still come up with a solid defense for Hayden Christensen's role as teen-angst Anakin Skywalker—you better believe you'll be inundated with all kinds of George Lucas-approved presents this holiday season. With all that's out there (and some of it's truly out there), it can be easy for a Rogue One to go off the rails, getting you the kind of gift they'll expect to see proudly displayed in your home ... that you really, truly wish they didn't buy you. Nudge them away from the dark side with these awesomely geeky gifts for your kitchen. 1. Death Star Waffle Maker Just like the Death Star was destroyed in a single shot, you'll devour these…
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