Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blink: A Horizon Guide to the Senses (doco)

Once again the BBC's flagship science documentary series has come up with another stunner! Blink: A Horizon Guide to the Senses explores, using some archive Horizon footage and new material, how our five senses work. What becomes clear is that we are not passive observers of our environment, but that our brains actively interpret and construct the reality we perceive.
    Several fascinating experiments are conducted on us the viewers; one means you may never trust eye witness testimony again and another makes you question exactly what you're hearing. The relevance of this to computing is that if we are to make robots that can see and hear it means they may need to actively interpret the data their sensors receive if they are to behave like us. Watch the two clips below and test your own perception.