Sunday, May 29, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 Opening Weekend Part 1

The kids performed in a demo this weekend for the Kung Fu Panda 2 opening weekend at a local mall.  I had to break up the vid into 2 becasue of the You Tube leangth limit of 15 minutes.  The second part has the kids and I will post that when it is done rendering.

Or check it out at the link:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Everyone was Kung Fu Fighting

In January 2011 the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi in Arnold Maryland did a demonstration at the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the Asian Pacific cultural festival.  The below video is a small piece of that demo.  The camera and sound men who keep getting in the way are filming for the show “D.C. Cupcakes”, but less than 3 seconds of any of the demo made it on the TV show.

Now that I have finished this semester and have some time I will try to catch-up on the videos I have to render.

How to Build a Schizophrenic Computer

From article:

"Schizophrenia is one of the most infamous and mysterious mental disorders. Attempting to get to the root of the problem, scientists recently came up with an extraordinary solution: They built a schizophrenic computer. In a study published in the online version of Biological Psychiatry in March, researchers altered an artificial neural network capable of learning language and stories, to the point where it started "acting" schizophrenic.

People who suffer from schizophrenia often have difficulty thinking logically or discerning what is real or not real in their lives. "It is characterized by delusions or disassociation of language, often with hallucinations of spoken speech," says psychiatrist Ralph Hoffmann of Yale University, coauthor of the study along with computer scientist Risto Miikkulainen of the University of Texas, Austin. Because of that language disassociation, struggling to recount stories correctly is one of the early signs of schizophrenia. So to gain new insight into how schizophrenia might affect the human brain, Hoffmann and Miikkulainen tried to give a storytelling computer system the same problem."

Read more: DISCERN Artificial Neural Network - How to Build a Schizophrenic Computer - Popular Mechanics