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Cool Image Recognition from Survival to State of the Art Marketing

Image recognition is fundamental to the survival of many species including eagles, flies and people. Image recognition involves the ability of the brain and receptor organs to take a potentially fuzzy array of indistinct shapes and to develop a focused clear sharp image, which provides useful details about the object in the image. As the earliest cave paintings show, being able to capture and manipulate the image of something gives one the power to change events and achieve better hunting success.

In the modern world we no longer need images of mammoths and bison for our food supply. We need images of products to buy. Neiman Marcus is an example of the modern environment in which we must locate and identify objects that we desire from their images.

There is innovative technology that is a game changer. An app is placed on a mobile device by a consumer or retailer. If the consumer takes a picture of an object, such as a great looking piece of clothing, shoes, or headwear, then the app searchers for a retailer or searches a retailer’s catalogue for an exact match or at least a close match. The matching image is shown to the consumer who can then use the app to walk through the process of deciding to buy and purchase. The use of the app makes shopping easier and more accurate for the consumer and for the vendor.

A great example of cool modern image recognition technology is the collaboration of Neiman Marcus and Slyce. Slyce is a sophisticated image recognition technology that has many applications. The collaboration with Neiman Marcus is a great marketing strategy. For example, you can capture or search an image of shoes or dresses that you want, and the Slyce technology helps you find it. This makes your shopping experience a pleasure.

This impressive technology has many applications including facial recognition as well as medical and scientific applications. The beauty of this system is that, in a series of steps, each image is parsed and sharpened into a recognizable image. This permits broad flexibility in how images can be morphed, developed and matched to existing data bases. In the evolution of image recognition technology, Slyce’s technology is an important advance.

Image recognition will play an important role in future technologies. It could be a great aid to people with disabilities like blindness. The future of image recognition is amazing. Just as it helped us survive and evolve, it is critical for our future evolution. The future for companies like Slyce and the technology of optical recognition is impressive. Image recognition is a key that unlocks the door to the future of technology.

Incorporating Olympic Valley not seen as a good idea

The Olympic Valley region in Tahoe hs recently been at the center of a battle over whether to incorporate the area into a city of less than 1,000 people. The Sacramento Business Journal reports the decision looks set to fall on the side of those hoping incorporation does not happen after an independent study looked into the available options for the area and concluded incorporation would lead to large deficits for the area.

The study was created for the Placer County Local Agency Formation Commission and took into account the many options available to the region, including the establishment of a resort at the former Olympic village. The growth of a tourist industry in the area is central to the plans of many who hope to see a city incorporated as the majority of funds would be raised through a transient tourist tax charged on those entering the area for winter sports activities. The need for a strong tourist industry is described as vital as an Olympic Valley city would have no other sources of income to rely upon.

Rival groups have been pouring over the conclusions of the study, but the main conclusion of the report is that the Olympic Valley area would not be able to sustain itself in terms of funding. Even with the inclusion of the taxes charged on potential tourists the deficit is reported to grow over the years of incorporation to around $1.8 million by the 2017-18 fiscal year. A large deficit would grow over the years as the Olympic Valley area would be forced to engage in expensive contracts with the county in a bid to complete its required services. Tourism could provide a large influx of funds for the region. However, the head of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort Andy Wirth has been against incorporation from the start. The study also claimed problems could appear if the area was affected by issues with a lack of snow that limited tourism opportunities.

Florida Jury Says Not Guilty in Felony Case of Man Growing Marijuana

In an unprecedented verdict in the state of Florida, a marijuana grower was acquitted by a jury on the grounds that it was medically necessary. The jury, consisting of four women and 2 men, took under an hour to decide on the not guilty verdict.

It all began in response to a tip that pot was being grown at a Hollywood, FL home, and detectives raided the home of 50-year old Jesse Teplicki. When they arrived at this home, Teplicki did not try to lie or hide the fact that he was growing the illegal plant. Even as he faced the jury, he admitted to having smoked a joint before coming to court in order to curb his nausea and boost his appetite, symptoms he has suffered for decades due to his anorexia.

Teplicki faced up to five years in prison for the felony offence he was charged of two years ago, and with tears in his eyes, he told three of jurors, “You saved my life.” Teplicki was offered several plea deals which he turned down before facing trail. He continued to maintain that he used the plant solely for medicine that he required in order to perform daily tasks that were hindered by the severe conditions he suffered due to the anorexia he has experienced since he was nine years old.

Teplicki’s defense lawyer, Michael C. Minardi, said “Hopefully prosecutors heed the decision and are less likely to prosecute this kind of case in the future.” Now that a jury has spoken in this criminal case, the next problem Teplicki faces is being able to continue to grow pot without the fear of future prosecution stated A civil action may be on the horizon to protect his rights that a jury has decided on.

Dallas Nurse Who Survived Ebola Is Suing Her Employer

With the way our tort system works in America, allowing people to sue over everything and anything, it was bound to happen. Now, Flavio Maluf says that Nina Pham, who continues to receive a paycheck from the Dallas hospital she worked at as a nurse even though she has not returned to her duties since contracting and overcoming the Ebola virus, is suing her employer. Citing that the facility she worked at neglected to provide a safe working environment during the time Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., was being cared for at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

While under no pressure to do so, Pham and other hospital employees saw to the needs of Duncan while he suffered from the deadly virus, as the duties of their professions call for. Having to mop floors with bleach and dealing with hazardous waste, Pham said “It was very physically and emotionally draining.” She also expressed her displeasure with the fact that judgments on how to keep themselves safe from the virus while treating the patient were left up to the doctors and nurses stating, “The only thing I knew about Ebola, I learned in nursing school.” Well, it’s a darn good thing all the doctors and nurses were required to go to school in order to work in the health care field, don’t you think?

The reason Pham says she is suing the hospital, is to illustrate that those working for big corporations cannot be neglected. She also feels that the hospital is not adequately taking care of her and believed “that they would have my back.” She’s still receiving pay from her employer without having returned to work, and $27,000 was spent on caring for her dog, yes her dog, while she was receiving treatment. Now, she wants more. She wants it all and a free ride on top of it. Ridiculous!

Many States Consider Bills To Tighten Vaccination Requirements


In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak, at least 14 states are considering tightening their immunization requirements to make it harder for parents to get certain types of exemptions.

In Minnesota, a pro-immunization group called the Immunization Action Coalition has been working on a bill that would require parents seeking a personal-belief exemption to get a signature from a doctor verifying that they have been given information about the pros and cons of vaccines. They would also need to get the exemption renewed when the child enters seventh grade.

Legislators in Washington, Maine and California have introduced bills removing the “philosophical exemption” from vaccinating. Vermont, Texas, Rhode Island, Oregon, Oklahoma and Maryland all have bills that would do away with religious exemptions. Illinois and New Mexico would require people seeking a religious exemption to get an official like a priest or rabbi to validate that the objection is truly consistent with a given religion. Vermont has another bill that would require people working at schools to be vaccinated unless they have a medical condition making vaccination impossible.

California and Michigan already require exemptions to be signed by health officials. Arizona has a bill that would require schools to post vaccination rates on their websites. Missouri has a bill requiring principals to notify parents of any unvaccinated children in the school.

Ricardo Tosto commented on that this is really a sticky situation since some consider “forced vaccinations” an assault on human rights, others believe that allowing too many exemptions lessens herd immunity and endangers people who can’t be vaccinated, like infants and people with compromised immune systems.