“Observers viewed the movie at top left while fixating on a central dot. The averaged high posterior (AHP) reconstructions are shown at left (see main text and Figure S2) for all three subjects S1, S2, and S3. The movies at right are the seven clips with the highest posterior probability, shown in order from most (left) to least (right) probable. The leftmost clip in this group is the MAP reconstruction, the single clip from the sampled prior that had the highest posterior probability. Note that all clips in the reconstructions are updated at 1 Hz, the BOLD signal sampling rate. The AHP reconstructions recover both the structure of the scenes and smooth changes over time (for example, see the spreading of the inkblot and the elephants moving across the scene).”

the freaking future is now – again…

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“At Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station visitors can now select beverages from a 47-inch touch panel.

An embedded camera will recognize your gender and age, allowing the machine to recommend a beverage suitable to whatever stereotype is attached to your particular circumstances. It will store your purchasing history too, so you can be freaked out by tailored ads every time you use it. 500 more of these units are planned to be installed in and around Tokyo over the next two years, with operating company JR East expecting them to tally up 30 percent more sales than their analog brethren.”

And then folks in Germany seriously talk about Google Street View…

More pics here: http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/11/japan-takes-vending-machines-to-their-logi…

Found at my favorite http://www.nextnature.net/