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Teaching Computers with Illusions

2014 ImageNet competition entry

Google's winning entry in the 2014 ImageNet competition helps computers distinguish between individual objects.

Credit: Google Research Blog

Earlier this year, debate over the color of a dress set the Internet ablaze with discussion over why people were viewing the same exact image, yet seeing it differently. Now throw computers in the mix; unlike humans, who see certain images differently, machines register and recognize visual images on another level altogether. What humans see is determined by biology, vision experts say, while computers determine vision from physical measurements.

While the two fields can inform one another, researchers say more work needs to be done to teach computers how to improve their image recognition.


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