Automatically Annotating Images

Two researchers at Penn State have developed a tool for automatically associating keywords with images. In their article "Real-Time Computerized Annotation of Pictures," authors Jia Li (Associate Professor, Department of Statistics) and James Wang (Associate Professor,College of Information Sciences and Technology), say their ALIPR system (Automatic Linguistic Indexing of Pictures-Real Time) analyzes the pixel content of images and compares that against a stored knowledge base of the pixel content of tens of thousands of image examples.

DOPA Should Die Quick and Painless Death

I couldn't agree with Mary Minow more when she says that DOPA should die a quick and painless death. As she notes, despite the fact that it is blatantly unconstitutional, that doesn't mean it won't pass. DOPA stands for Deleting Online Predadators Act of 2006 (H.R. 5319) Ed: broken link removed 2011. But it doesn't delete online predators at all. It deletes social networking for kids. Yes, as in MySpace, the hottest thing since iPods debuted.