China Children’s Computer Contest: hands-on AI experience

China Children’s Computer Contest

A fun day at the China Children’s Computer Contest talking with the students and watching them grapple with the mysteries of AI technology! Some of them had come from as far away as the western province of Xinjiang and taken 40-hour train journeys to attend the event. I decided not to bore them with my own tales of long-distance rail and bus journeys when I was studying in China in the 1980s. I suspect that my experiences are a lot more fun in retrospect than they were at the time.

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VIA approach to facial recognition system development

facial recognition system

One of the biggest challenges in developing facial recognition systems is that customer deployment needs are so diverse that it’s not possible to create a single standard device. Our approach, therefore, is focused on providing a family of systems designed for different market segments and provide ample room for additional hardware, software, and cloud connectivity customizations to meet specific installation requirements.

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Keeping a proper perspective

I wish some bright startup would come up with a cure for jet lag. Or an established pharmaceutical giant for that matter. I don’t really care which. I’d be more than happy to pay a premium for one. The older you get, the tougher it is to adjust to major changes in time zones no matter how carefully you prepare for it. Fremont isn’t at its best at four o’clock in the morning…

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I Ching: the quest for the middle way

middle way

One of the best ways of deepening your understanding of China is to read the Book of Changes. There are plenty of excellent English-language translations and commentaries available, so language is no barrier. My favorites include “I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom” by John Minford, “The Living I Ching: Using Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Shape Your Life” by Ming-Dao Deng, and “The I Ching, or, Book of Changes,” by Richard Wilhelm.

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