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A bit on seeing

September 11, 2019

I suspect most computer science curricula include some reference to visual processing. Decades back, when I was in school, the puzzle of the optic nerve was an issue, since it seems too narrow a communications channel between the retina and the optical cortex. So it is fun to read of recent advances modeling that. What I wonder, of course, is whether that mathematical model explains any of the visual illusions that characterize our vision.

Some researchers at Stanford looking at how early childhood experience shapes the brain find that Pokémon engages eccentricity bias in children (cite). So be glad if you are old enough that the piece of visual cortex dedicated to that is instead trained on squirrels and geckos, as it should be.

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