A very complex machine that’s doing nothing very special

slogger, Metafilter, May 24, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a video of a machine that picks up randomly organized rocks and places them into very neat rows according to type and geological age. For all kinds of reasons (chief among them being sorting things into very need and organized rows) this machine really appeals to me. "Maus manually trained a machine learning algorithm to recognize features in 30 different types of stones." From the video site Jller – Prokop Bartoníček & Benjamin Maus: "the machine works with a computer vision system that processes the images of the stones and maps each of its location on the platform throughout the ordering process. The information extracted from each stone are dominant color, color composition, and histograms of structural features such as lines, layers, patterns, grain, and surface texture."

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