Building a $86 million car theft AI in 57 lines of JavaScript

Tait Brown was annoyed at the Victoria Police who had spent $86 million Australian dollars on developing the BlueNet system which basically consists of an license-plate OCR which crosschecks against a car theft database. Tait was so disgruntled as he thought he could easily replicate this system without spending millions and millions of tax dollars….

Creating plots with custom icons for data points

Data visualizations that make smart use of icons have a way of conveying information that sticks. Dataviz professionals like Moritz Stefaner know this and use the practice in their daily work. A recent #tidytuesday entry by Georgios Karamanis demonstrates how easy it is to integrate visual icons in your data figures when you write code…

R Image Art, by Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman — information researcher at the University of Washington — was asked whether he could manipulate images with only R programming and he thought to give it a try. In his blog, Michael demonstrates how he used ggplot2 and the imager packages, among others, to go from this original photo: To this dot representation: And this…

Generating Pusheen with AI

Zack Nado wrote the best machine learning application I’ve seen so far: a neural network architecture that generates new Pusheen pictures. In his blog, Zack describes his generative adversarial network (GAN) , a special type of machine learning architecture where two neural networks try to fool each other. Zack first gave the discriminator network some real Pusheen images,…