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(TED)   Forget the NSA snooping your emails. These people can reproduce your portrait from a single hair   (blog.ted.com) divider line 67
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2013-06-25 05:11:01 PM  
I think this was greened months ago. By my clone.
 
2013-06-25 05:16:39 PM  
this would be terrifying if anyone, artist included, thought that the portraits looked anything like the actual person.
 
2013-06-25 05:18:29 PM  
Science fail alert! Peeps be reaching
 
2013-06-25 05:19:29 PM  
Jumping Jehosaphat!

What can they generate with a pubic hair?
 
2013-06-25 05:20:03 PM  

stampylives: this would be terrifying if anyone, artist included, thought that the portraits looked anything like the actual person.


I bet it is pretty close. Right number of arms and eyes, etc. Probably can even tell height to within a foot.
 
2013-06-25 05:21:01 PM  
i63.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-25 05:22:46 PM  
This is currently science fiction. It'll be possible one day, but not soon.
 
2013-06-25 05:23:18 PM  

SevenizGud: stampylives: this would be terrifying if anyone, artist included, thought that the portraits looked anything like the actual person.

I bet it is pretty close. Right number of arms and eyes, etc. Probably can even tell height to within a foot.


How about hair color?  I bet they couldn't figure that out.
 
2013-06-25 05:24:28 PM  
When she was talking about the backstory about finding the hair in the painting and spending the entire day thinking about the hair, I got the thought "I think she's lying. I think she found a hair on an ex's clothing and she's been spending years trying to figure out who dat bish is"
 
2013-06-25 05:27:00 PM  
I ain't got no hair ...

farm5.static.flickr.com
 
2013-06-25 05:27:36 PM  

Drubell: When she was talking about the backstory about finding the hair in the painting and spending the entire day thinking about the hair, I got the thought "I think she's lying. I think she found a hair on an ex's clothing and she's been spending years trying to figure out who dat bish is"


that's the follow-up article in a few weeks
 
2013-06-25 05:29:49 PM  
i1046.photobucket.com
Not impressed.
 
2013-06-25 05:33:58 PM  
The control group source seems...
... kind of sketchy.

/Yeeeaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!
 
2013-06-25 05:34:08 PM  

stampylives: this would be terrifying if anyone, artist included, thought that the portraits looked anything like the actual person.


If only there were some way she could find out for sure if the portraits were accurate.
 
2013-06-25 05:35:05 PM  
No.  No, they can't.
 
2013-06-25 05:39:40 PM  
i5.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-25 05:40:30 PM  

stampylives: this would be terrifying if anyone, artist included, thought that the portraits looked anything like the actual person.


Hey, you don't need accuracy when you can use 'artistic liberties' to fill in the blanks.

Artist chick: "This computer program tells me that this guy had blue eyes, male pattern baldness and was caucasian. I can therefore guess that he was 240lbs, had an eyepatch, liked CCR and believed that Obama was a usurper. I'm a genius! Everyone look at what I scientificalized!"
 
2013-06-25 05:42:14 PM  

JustHereForThePics: Jumping Jehosaphat!

What can they generate with a pubic hair?


A whole lot of controversy, if it's found on a Coke can.
 
2013-06-25 05:47:43 PM  

blarsh: [i1046.photobucket.com image 267x200]
Not impressed.


Of course he does specialize in finger prints and he does work alone.
 
2013-06-25 05:51:35 PM  
me too
blu.stb.s-msn.com
 
2013-06-25 05:52:45 PM  

Drubell: When she was talking about the backstory about finding the hair in the painting and spending the entire day thinking about the hair, I got the thought "I think she's lying. I think she found a hair on an ex's clothing and she's been spending years trying to figure out who dat bish is"


Well, she WAS in therapy after all. She starts obsessing over a hair of all things, then starts tacking pictures on a wall and connecting them with tacks and string after she can't stop thinking about hair.

It's an eye-opening thing she's done, but I still think she's full of the crazy.
 
2013-06-25 05:56:42 PM  
The "self-portraits" at the end look nothing like her, so I'm not worried about being stalked by her.
 
2013-06-25 06:00:00 PM  
Has she tested the process with her *own* hair?
 
2013-06-25 06:01:21 PM  
biatch be (obsessive compulsive) crazy.

www.freewebs.com
 
2013-06-25 06:08:40 PM  

SevenizGud: stampylives: this would be terrifying if anyone, artist included, thought that the portraits looked anything like the actual person.

I bet it is pretty close. Right number of arms and eyes, etc. Probably can even tell height to within a foot.


Certainly, based upon the distance from the ground when they plucked the hair off your head.
 
2013-06-25 06:10:21 PM  
NSA and CIA have worse things than email snoopers.

www.memx.com


www.memx.com

www.memx.com

They're able to make not just circuits but also physical gears and machinery at the nano scale.  The image above is a dust mite on a machine.  So yes, they can make spybots the size of a house fly.


And thats from a University.. image what state level funding gets you.
 
2013-06-25 06:12:35 PM  
Locutus...of Hagborg
 
2013-06-25 06:16:15 PM  
It would have been a whole lot more fascinating if they did a blind test to see how accurate this was.  Get a few volunteers to provide a hair each, don't let her see what the volunteers look like and then see how close to the real thing her reproductions are.

But she probably already knows that they wouldn't be anywhere near accurate otherwise I'm sure she would have already done it.
 
2013-06-25 06:18:57 PM  

Alonjar: NSA and CIA have worse things than email snoopers. So yes, they can make spybots the size of a house fly.

Nanogears do not translate into microscale flying robotics, not well at least. Nice pictures though!
 
2013-06-25 06:20:15 PM  
Guess where this hair came from

oi54.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-25 06:38:49 PM  

JustHereForThePics: Jumping Jehosaphat!

What can they generate with a pubic hair?


A better cupcake topping than anything at Amy's Bistro can produce
 
2013-06-25 06:39:27 PM  
Our understanding of genetics has nowhere near sufficient resolution to accomplish this. They can make an image of a typical person of your ethnicity; nothing more.
 
2013-06-25 06:41:25 PM  
Yeah, a bit of a stretch today. But the only things as missing are more information and further refinement. You know, that stuff that comes from... science.

/subby
 
2013-06-25 06:41:43 PM  
Pfft

gopher321: I think this was greened months ago. By my clone.


Big deal. Batman was doing this in the 60's.
 
2013-06-25 06:45:23 PM  

Alonjar: They're able to make not just circuits but also physical gears and machinery at the nano scale. The image above is a dust mite on a machine. So yes, they can make spybots the size of a house fly.


Neat. How bigs the power supply?
 
2013-06-25 06:50:58 PM  

Alonjar: NSA and CIA have worse things than email snoopers.

[www.memx.com image 850x834]


[www.memx.com image 480x480]

[www.memx.com image 640x480]

They're able to make not just circuits but also physical gears and machinery at the nano scale.  The image above is a dust mite on a machine.   So yes, they can make spybots the size of a house fly.


And thats from a University.. image what state level funding gets you.


Think what will happen when they can make them the size of a dog.
 
2013-06-25 06:54:22 PM  
When they're able to make one of these from a single hair, then I'll be impressed.

www.dvdactive.com
 
2013-06-25 06:58:29 PM  

Torqueknot: SevenizGud: stampylives: this would be terrifying if anyone, artist included, thought that the portraits looked anything like the actual person.

I bet it is pretty close. Right number of arms and eyes, etc. Probably can even tell height to within a foot.

How about hair color?  I bet they couldn't figure that out.


What about cup size?  Full body portrait??
 
2013-06-25 07:03:19 PM  

Tommy Moo: Our understanding of genetics has nowhere near sufficient resolution to accomplish this. They can make an image of a typical person of your ethnicity; nothing more.


Not just that, but hair is keratinized cells... How much intact DNA can there be?
 
2013-06-25 07:04:42 PM  
Gattaca was a movie folks, not an instruction manual.

I wonder who is going to be the pioneer of DNA profiling for employment.
 
2013-06-25 07:06:53 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Not just that, but hair is keratinized cells... How much intact DNA can there be?


images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Its in the follicle silly.
 
2013-06-25 07:14:54 PM  

23FPB23: Quantum Apostrophe: Not just that, but hair is keratinized cells... How much intact DNA can there be?

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x850]

Its in the follicle silly.


Does the follicle typically come with the hair?
 
2013-06-25 07:18:40 PM  
I posted this last time and I'm posting it again.
imageshack.us
 
2013-06-25 07:22:30 PM  
Why do videos posted to Vimeo all have a soundtrack featuring either a music box or a ukulele?  White people's yearning for the safety of childhood can be annoying sometimes.
 
2013-06-25 07:27:18 PM  
lady:  I was in therapy and saw a crack in the glass and inside that crack I saw a hair.  I couldn't stop thinking about that hair.

therapist:  Your too far gone, I can't help you
 
2013-06-25 07:30:53 PM  

JustHereForThePics: Jumping Jehosaphat!

What can they generate with a pubic hair?


Something around 2 inches.
 
2013-06-25 07:32:30 PM  
They always get the penis wrong!
 
2013-06-25 07:42:06 PM  

quansem: Why do videos posted to Vimeo all have a soundtrack featuring either a music box or a ukulele?  White people's yearning for the safety of childhood can be annoying sometimes.

I have come to the conclusion that at a recent marketers convention it was decided that childlike background music would lull people into an accepting state. The jingles were written by the devil himself.
 
2013-06-25 07:48:25 PM  
Wow, you could do a round of IVF, have 12 fertilized embryos, and CUSTOM-PICK what your future child will LOOK LIKE.
 
2013-06-25 07:48:47 PM  
TED talks used to seem like a good idea...
 
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