The Limits of Vision


Aaron David

A fourth generation Californian, befuddled.

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9 Responses

  1. Avatar Chris says:

    Change blindness. Here’s my favorite version. More on the subject written by the same brilliant person.

    Some awesome gifs used in some of the experiments are here (scroll down to “Change Blindness”).Report

  2. Avatar nevermoor says:

    This was a big deal in my undergrad CS classes on AI. One of the (many) challenges with computer AI is that we’re trying to make computers work the way we THINK we do, instead of the way we actually do.Report

    • Avatar Kim in reply to nevermoor says:

      Actually making the computer think the way we do is going to be difficult, because they don’t have a body to reference (a good deal of our heuristics are tied into bodily awareness — should I do this? no it doesn’t feel right…).

      Having seen AI’s displays of temper, we may be closer than you think…Report

  3. Wow. When they did the rewind I was skeptical, so I watched it from the beginning. Wow.Report

  4. Avatar dragonfrog says:

    Our bike trail system uses these (IMO) goofy little versions of traffic signs – maybe 1/3 scale to the regular ones. I guess the reasoning is bicycles are smaller than cars so they get smaller signs.

    I rode here for years before I realized those signs existed, and I’d been blowing through them without even knowing they were there. The day I finally noticed them I was finally not looking for traffic signs because I was walking along a bike trail – traffic signs follow a pattern of shapes, colours, placement and size that I was scanning for when I rode. It turned out that the signs being so much smaller led to my filtering them into the same ‘disregard’ category as parking signs and bus stop signs and whatnot.Report