Engadget: Microsoft is getting its own AI-powered photo search. “Microsoft’s upcoming Photos app is getting AI image search so that it can spot and classify objects, much like Google Photos and Apple Photos can. Spotted by Windows Central, the latest Insider Preview version of the app now has a search bar that you can use to enter terms like ‘flower,’ ‘wine bottle,’ and ‘bar.’ It will then use a cloud-based image recognition algorithm to pick and sort out those items in your photo collection, much as the rival apps do.”
TechCrunch: Nexar releases 55K street pics from 80 countries to spur autonomous driving. “Nexar has released a dataset that it says is the world’s largest photo set featuring geographically diverse images for automotive tech development, for an open competition. There are 55,000 tagged photos in the set, taking from over 80 countries, in a variety of lighting and weather conditions. Each of the photos is taken from street level, using Nexar’s community-based V2V dashcam app for iOS and Android, and the goal of the release is to help drive the development of autonomous driving perception models that can handle a wide range of weather, road and country variety.”
The Register: DeepMind says it’s given AI an imagination. Let’s take a closer look at that. “Google’s AI boutique, DeepMind, known for dispelling human delusions of intellectual superiority by soundly beating the world’s top Go players with computer code, has found that instilling its software agents with something like imagination helps them learn better.”
Mashable: Is China’s $150 billion check for the AI industry enough to catch up to the U.S.? . “China sees artificial intelligence dominating our future, and it’s willing to bet $150 billion to make sure it doesn’t get left behind. The Chinese government on Friday announced a major push into the field of artificial intelligence, declaring it would create a $150 billion domestic AI industry by 2030.”
Harvard Business Review: Inside Facebook’s AI Workshop. “Within Facebook’s cavernous Building 20, about halfway between the lobby (panoramic views of the Ravenswood Slough) and the kitchen (hot breakfast, smoothies, gourmet coffee), in a small conference room called Lollapalooza, Joaquin Candela is trying to explain artificial intelligence to a layperson.” Really extensive article.
Digital Trends: Snap A Photo, Get A Recipe: Pic2recipe Uses A.I. To Predict Food Ingredients. “Scrolling through food photography can bring on the desire to recreate a dish at home, but what if the ingredients aren’t listed? Could there be a way to find out just by analyzing the image? That’s what researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology asked when they set out to create a deep learning algorithm that could predict a recipe based just on a photo. The research, published on July 20, resulted in a program called Pic2Recipe that could accurately predict a dish’s recipe based on a photo, with a 65 percent success rate.”
Ubergizmo: Microsoft And Baidu Are Working On Self-Driving Cars. “Baidu, often referred to as the Google of China, has been working on its own self-driving car technology and it has now teamed up with one of the biggest tech companies on the planet to further advance the futuristic technology. While Microsoft has long worked with car manufacturers on software for connected cars, this appears to be the first instance of the company venturing into the self-driving car turf.”