Engadget: Google Goggles is officially dead. “Google signed Goggles’ death warrant the moment it launched Lens, and now it looks like the tech giant is ready to bid farewell to its old image recognition app. As Android Police has noticed, the only thing you’ll see when you fire up the Goggles app is a note that says it’s going away.”
Wired: When in Nature, Google Lens Does What the Human Brain Can’t . “AI-powered visual search tools, like Google Lens and Bing Visual Search, promise a new way to search the world—but most people still type into a search box rather than point their camera at something. We’ve gotten used to manually searching for things over the past 25 years or so that search engines have been at our fingertips. Also, not all objects are directly in front of us at the time we’re searching for information about them.”
My Twitter buddy Steve D. clued me in on this site I hadn’t heard of: https://www.civilwarphotosleuth.com/ . It’s an initiative to identify people in US Civil War photos. The public release of the software is August 1, and a launch event will be held at NARA. You can RSVP and get more details via this Google Doc.
Pete Warden: What Image Classifiers Can Do About Unknown Objects. “A few days ago I received a question from Plant Village, a team I’m collaborating with about a problem that’s emerged with a mobile app they’re developing. It detects plant diseases, and is delivering good results when it’s pointed at leaves, but if you point it at a computer keyboard it thinks it’s a damaged crop. This isn’t a surprising result to computer vision researchers, but it is a shock to most other people, so I want to explain why it’s happening, and what we can do about it.”
Lifehacker: How To Use Google Lens’ New Features . “Google Lens, once a Pixel-only feature, is now a part of the Google Photos app (or a standalone Android download). During Google I/O this year, Google announced a number of new features for Google Lens, and you can play with them on both iOS and Android right now – assuming your device now supports Lens in its Camera app (or the standalone Lens app, if it doesn’t).”
Neowin: Data scientist enlists Google’s help to unite machine learning and ramen . “If your definition of a hyperfuturistic setting involves robots being able to identify which store the bowl of ramen that just got delivered to you came from, we’ve gotten one step closer to your imagined utopia.”
Earther: This New App Is Like Shazam for Your Nature Photos. “In July of 2016, thousands of people wandered out into streets and parks under the guidance of a hugely popular wildlife app. The app was Pokemon Go, and the wildlife did not, in any real sense, exist. Yet while Pokemon fans were attempting to collect fantastic—if ultimately digital—animals, some inevitably found real ones as well… if you wanted an app that would mimic Pokemon Go but for existing species, you were largely out of luck. That changed in early March, when social media site iNaturalist released SEEK, an iOS app for people who want to search out local flora and fauna. The new app is part of an ongoing attempt to tempt people into citizen science—and to get them to see the wonder in species they might otherwise ignore.”