This may actually _not_ be April Fool's joke. As for pornography, I
would say that it is definitely possible. The likeliest way they could
have done it is genetic algorithms applied to neural networks. The
description of how it works is not relevant to this forum, but it
basically involves randomly trying solutions, choosing which one is
best, combining top nn solutions until you get an acceptable result.
THEY probably didn't invent any algorithms themselves, and probably
don't know how their neural network does this. I hasten to add that
neural networks have proven successful in pattern recognition, eg
recognizing male - female faces. It involves a lot of CPU time and
power, and they felt that not many people would view balack&white
pornography, so they probably decided not to waste money on that.
Neural networks and some other advanced AI techniques may have been
applied to make unknown intrusion patterns recognizable through
> mjr @
net escribo :
> >Sean Elrington <seane @
> >> Subject: Re: Press Release: New Security Solution
> >> <Using MimeStar, Inc.'s proprietary EradiScan technology SecureNet PRO
> >> is able to detect <and respond to network attacks that have yet to be
> >> discovered by the security <community.
> >> April Fools already?
> >What I am building is a security solution that detects and prevents
> >my users from doing something dumb before they have a chance
> >to do it. One side effect of such a solution, of course, is the
> >Perfect Predictive AI Module (PPAM) which we are planning to
> Strangely enough, in a press release which many thought to be a April
> Fools joke, UK firm Microtrope ( http://www.microtrope.com ) has come
> out with a product which claims to be 95% effective at recognizing
> pornographic images being displayed on a Windows PC and can then save a
> snapshot, log the image and lock up the PC till an admin can check out
> the system. In a disclaimer they do say that they get a number of
> false positives. Must be <<<SOME>>> shape/line detection and pattern
> recognition "Al-Gore"-ithms that they've invented -- but they don't go
> into the details of their proprietary technology.
> They also say it doesn't detect black and white pornography
> photography, only colour (aka color to those of us in the US) (I wonder
> why?). I presume therefore that it doesn't work on pornographic line
> art nor cartoons.
> Doesn't run on the firewall, only on end-user PCs.
> - Morrow