Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Genius in All of Us

Strangely, most people can read this:
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When I'm peevish, I'm amazed how how stupid most people are, how little original thought is created and appreciated, how faux rigor from false assumptions does not overcome cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m, how many phonies cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365re are. But cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365n, I remember stuff like this, and think that most us are quite clever.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Computer can actually do fairly well at telling dogs and cats apart: http://www.parc.com/content/attachments/machine-learning-attacks.pdf describes a classifier with 80% accuracy in classifying dogs vs. cats. Within 5 years, machine learning should be able to achieve near-human classification accuracy at a significantly higher speed.

Anonymous said...

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Henri Tournyol du Clos said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typoglycemia

Generic said...

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Or should I say:

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Anonymous said...

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