Last week I finally got around to putting the Makey Makey my mom got me for Christmas to good use. Well, “good use” might be a bit of an overstatement. Eric (featured in the videos below), other students in the Security and Privacy Research Lab, and I created an internet-connected touch light, then turned it into an internet-connected basketball hoop light switch.
I was talking a while back with some friends about how non-computer scientists might misinterpret domain-specific phrases when we talk about our work. For example, if a machine learning person says they’re “training a model,” they probably don’t mean this:
A lab-mate showed me “Edges 2 Cats” last week, and we produced this cute kitty:
Why am I posting this? Mostly because it’s funny 😂 But it also reminded me of a paper we read in seminar somewhat recently: Practical Black-Box Attacks against Deep Learning Systems using Adversarial Examples.
Did I mention I’ve been working on making my own pintograph? Here’s the first (decent) image it produced!!
It’s still a work in progress, but it draws reasonably well for now. Want to know more about how I made it?
ihatemyjob1 might not be a great password … and there’s probably something wrong with the bigger picture if you have to spell out your password to a room full of people and have it displayed in plaintext on a giant screen 😂
I recently got (and quickly sent back) a µHandy/uHandy. It’s a microscope for your smartphone, which sounds really cool! Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage to take clear photos with it (e.g., I had a lot of trouble getting it to focus across the whole image). Given that my ultimate goal was to produce nice-looking, print-quality photos, it wasn’t right for my purposes, but I can imagine it being a lot of fun if your goal is simply to observe things.