[RndTbl] Visual Intelligence

Mike Pfaiffer mpfaiffer at callapple.org
Wed Apr 13 12:52:57 CDT 2005

On April 13, 2005 10:14 am, Bill Reid wrote this amazing epistle:
> Gilbert's very interesting talk last night reminded me of a book I read a
> few years ago on the rules that our brain uses to create what we see. It
> was a fascinating read.
> http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/%7Eddhoff/vi.html
> He has created a number of Java applets to demonstrate how we create the
> motions that we see.
> http://www.cogsci.uci.edu/%7Eddhoff/vi6.html
> -- Bill

 A followup to the idea of how the brain interprets what it sees. After the 
meeting someone brought up the idea of 3D surds (sorry I can't remember your 
name). A surd is a random small thing. In this context, a series of random 
pixels used to produce a 3D image. The first use of surds I encountered was 
in a different context. It was a table of random three letter combinations, 
with actual words removed. The idea was to see how the mind would intrepret 
the surds, when read or spoken. Hopefully this would give insight into 
language and thought processes, much like the Rorshach (I can't remember the 
spelling of this anymore) ink blot tests. Since the brain likes patterns (I 
gather this is a primate thing) it tries to make sense out of randomness. A 
fascinating area.

 I might submit ASCII line printer art might, to a small extent, fit in with 
the concept of 3D images. Mostly in terms of the illusion of depth and 
perspective rather than from the point of view of Gilberts presentation. 
Although oddly enough I saw an image intended for an inkjet printer with the 
red-cyan ink combined with ASCII art. I could be wrong, but I think there is 
a *NIX program which would produce this from older ASCII art.


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