Computer Vision

Want to fool a computer vision system? Just tweak some colors

Research into machine learning and the interesting AI models created as a consequence are popular topics these days. But there's a sort of shadow world of scientists working to undermine these systems

Who’s a good AI? Dog-based data creates a canine machine learning system

We've trained machine learning systems to identify objects, navigate streets, and recognize facial expressions, but as difficult as they may be, they don't even touch the level of sophistication requi

Should AI researchers kill people?

AI research is increasingly being used by militaries around the world for offensive and defensive applications. This past week, groups of AI researchers began to fight back against two separate progra

Here’s how Uber’s self-driving cars are supposed to detect pedestrians

A self-driving vehicle made by Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian. It's the first such incident and will certainly be scrutinized like no other autonomous vehicle interaction in the past. But on

GrokStyle’s visual search tech makes it into IKEA’s Place AR app

GrokStyle's simple concept of "point your camera at a chair (or lamp, or table...) and find others like it for sale" attracted $2 million in funding last year, and the company has been putting that ca

Autonomous cars could peep around corners via bouncing laser

Autonomous cars gather up tons of data about the world around them, but even the best computer vision systems can't see through brick and mortar. But by carefully monitoring the reflected light of a l

Google’s new YouTube Stories feature lets you swap out your background (no green screen required)

Google researchers know how much people like to trick others into thinking they're on the moon, or that it's night instead of day, and other fun shenanigans only possible if you happen to be in a movi

Microsoft advances several of its hosted artificial intelligence algorithms

Microsoft Cognitive Services is home to the company’s hosted artificial intelligence algorithms. Today, the company announced advances to several Cognitive Services tools including Microsoft C

Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

After Microsoft signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices in 2015 and then Xiaomi bought a trove of patents to help run other Microsoft services on its devices in 2016, today the two companie

Think fast – this system watches you answer questions to make sure you're human

The machines are getting smarter and facial recognition may not be enough to tell you're a human. Machines can make faces, too, but they're not so good at answering questions with them. That could lea

SignAll is slowly but surely building a sign language translation platform

Translating is difficult work, the more so the further two languages are from one another. French-Spanish? Not a problem. Ancient Greek-Esperanto? Hard. But sign language is uniquely difficult because

Research into full-body tracking at Facebook hints at broader AR/VR ambitions

It's no secret that Facebook is big on both AR and VR, both for entertainment and communication purposes. And new research suggests it is working on AR applications that could not just modify or repla

AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition features

Ahead of Amazon's big AWS division Re:invent conference next week, the company has announced two developments in the area of artificial intelligence. AWS is opening a machine learning lab, ML Solution

iUNU aims to build cameras on rails for growers to keep track of their crop health

You’ve probably spent a lot of time keeping track of your plants and all the minor details, like the coloration of the leaves, in order to make sure they’re healthy — but for professiona

Amazon to open visually focused AI research hub in Germany

Ecommerce giant Amazon has announced a new research center in Germany focused on AI and on improving customer experience especially in visual systems.

Goodbye, photo studios. Hello, colormass virtual photoshoots

Berlin-based colormass, one of the startups presenting today at TechCrunch Disrupt as part of the Battlefield, has developed a platform that lets you recreate an IKEA-style experience for your own me

AI that can determine a person’s sexuality from photos shows the dark side of the data age

Researchers have created an AI that is more accurate than humans in determining whether a person is gay or straight just from a handful of photographs. It relies on cues apparently more subtle than mo

Canvas’ robot cart could change how factories work

We stopped by Andy Rubin's Playground in Palo Alto to check out a new autonomous cart from Canvas Technologies. The startup aims to replace existing fixed and expensive factory infrastructure, like co

This algorithm cleverly recreates 3D objects from tiny 2D images

With a lifetime of observing the world informing our perceptions, we're all pretty good at inferring the overall shape of something we only see from the side, or for a brief moment. Computers, however

After Magic Leap acquisition, Dacuda founder forms PXL Vision

Swiss startup Dacuda's 3D scanning division was acquired by Magic Leap in February, but it seems the company's founder, Michael Born, is just getting started with computer vision. He and three others
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