Science: Seeing-Eye Computer

Computers are muscling in on humans in more ways than one. Only a few years ago they were still simple-minded beasts that could understand nothing but predigested figures. Later they acquired senses of a sort: they could feel changes of temperature, hear musical tones, recognize differences of light and shade. But they could not see as humans see. A primrose by the river's brim—or even a picture of one—meant nothing to a computer.

Last week the National Bureau of Standards told how it is teaching its SEAC (Standards Electronic Automatic Computer) to see. First...

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