Friday, 4 March 2016

linnaean gardens

Though there a lot of bootstrap applications and gadgets that are quite clever ideas and things we would hope worked as advertised, I suspect there’s no small measure of magical-thinking bundled in with some of the magic wands in our quiver.
We’ve forgotten what “as seen on t.v.” or “sold in Europe for years” means nowadays. This one platform, featured on Mental Floss, however, shows promise to deliver: an application that helps budding botanists and landscapers identify a plant by taking a picture of its flowers or leaves. A consortium of French research institutions have put facial recognition algorithms to a more benign and beknighted use and even invites users to improve their results with feedback and further field work. One can find this free app and more information at the top link above.