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Computers counting craters

26 Nov 2012, 09:15 UTC
Computers counting craters
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By Anthony Milbourne (Birkbeck College) In this blog I would like to talk about automated crater counting, which as the name suggests, is the use of computers to identify and count craters. Computers are very good (and getting better) at many things, but they are still not as good as humans at many important classes [...]

By Anthony Milbourne (Birkbeck College)
In this blog I would like to talk about automated crater counting, which as the name suggests, is the use of computers to identify and count craters. Computers are very good (and getting better) at many things, but they are still not as good as humans at many important classes of problems. The human brain is amazingly powerful (you knew that) and the latest generation of super-computers have only just reached the same order of magnitude of computing power. In other words, there are currently only a handful of machines in the world that can truly rival the human brain in terms of raw processing-power. Humans are particularly good at pattern recognition and computer scientists have been trying to create computer programs to do this for a long time, but the results generally look rather pathetic compared to humans. ...

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