State of the Art of Computer Vision

September 21, 2014

in Education, Engineering, Ideas

I have written before about computer vision and machine learning and the boom number of applications (some of them scary) that are emerging in this area.

This week my co-founder James Malcolm pointed out an article on the Google Research blog that talks about the state of the art in computer vision. Here some takeaway points:

  • Convolutional neural networks are a big deal in the last few years and are leading to rapidly advancing capabilities
  • The ability to classify objects in images is way better now than when I was in grad school just 5 years ago. These images are incredible:


  • Those companies and organizations with access to large image sets (e.g. Google, Facebook, etc) have enormous ability to learn things that no one else can learn about virtually everything we do. It is scary and it is exciting.

The time is coming when you should consider uploading an image to the internet the same as uploading searchable text. Computers are beginning to understand what is in your images. Automatically.

There are so many exciting startup ideas in the area of computer vision which are emerging.

What are your thoughts on the state of the art of computer vision? Do you agree with my takeaway points?


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