Open Image
The Universe's Simplest Image Processing Tool
Open Image is a simple single-button interface for doing fun (and useful) things with your images. Want to convert an image into another format, do some simple image enhancements, or do some wilder image creation without needing to log in or watch a bunch of ads? Well, you've come to the right place.

And if you want to learn how to build such a app - just take a look at the code. It's all open source!

Mars Sucks
Let's Go To The Moon Instead
A short scientific summary on why Mars is a terrible candidate for colonization and how the Moon is a much better bet.

Image Extract
Image Extraction via Neural Networks
This tool allows you to identify and extract regions from images. Given a source image, you can extract people, animals, plants and many other things. As with FacePlant above, this tool repurposes Mask R-CNN, a deep neural network that has been trained to recognize images and categorize them into one of 82 categories.

Creating Art Videos
With TensorFlow and Transfer Learning
Did you wake up this morning with a hankering to morph your YouTube videos into animated classical paintings? Or into something wilder and more modern? If so, you've come to the right place. In this brief tutorial I'll demonstrate how to translate a video into art of your choice.

Pandemic Tracker
Visualizations of Pandemic Status
In a break from my typical projects, I wrote this data-gathering and visualization tool to track key COVID-19 statistics.

It's a good basic CS challenge - gathering the data, translating it into normalized formats and then using various display tools to visualize the results. Check it out. I've also made the repo public, as it makes a good learning exercise on building such systems.

AI Meets The Bible
An Introduction to Computational Theology
AI has been revolutionary in many domains. What will it think about theology?

In this tutorial we apply some AI tools to the task, creating a basic system that can read and analyze the Kings James Version of the Bible. We then pose some questions to the resulting AI and discuss how it generates its results. Want to know the nature of God or the relationship of Noah to Jesus? You've come to the right place. Two interactive query engines allow you to pose your own questions.

Nuclear War Map
Mapping The Impact of a Nuclear Attack
What would be the effect of a nuclear attack on the Unites States?

Using declassified targeting information and the known physics of modern weapons, these simulators demonstrate the effects of a large-scale war. You can see the impact of a nuclear strike on a particular target, or the overall impact of an attack on the entire country. These scenarios have been played out many times in cinema. However to my knowledge this is the first time a realistic physical simulation has been made public, demonstrating the effects of hundreds of nuclear strikes across a large area.

Google Me
A Chat With The Apocalypse
Intelligence, goals and ethics are each very different things. Normally this common-sense observation isn't all that important. But what happens if we create a general super-intelligent AI, either deliberatively or by mistake? How will it define itself? What sorts of goals and moral code would appeal to such an entity?

Christopher Minson

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