Researchers Create Hotel-Recognition System to Aid Human Trafficking Investigations

Researchers have built a massive dataset of hotel images with the intention of helping law enforcement in human trafficking investigations. The dataset, called Hotels-50k, consists over more than 1 million images from 50,000 hotels globally. Read More >>

Hey, So, Your iPhone May Have Tagged All the Photos of You in a ‘Brassiere’

Since mid-2016, Apple’s iPhone Photos app has used metadata analysis and image-recognition technology to sort users’ photos automatically and tag them for easy extraction. The categories include everything from various animals to inanimate objects like furniture—but as Twitter user @ellieeewbu noted on Monday, it also includes the archaic term “brassiere.” Read More >>

Ingenious AI Converts Images of Food Into a List of Ingredients

Researchers at MIT have developed deep-learning algorithm that can compile a list of ingredients and even recommend recipes after looking at photos of food. The artificially intelligent system still needs some fine tuning, but this tool could eventually help us learn to cook, count calories, and track our eating habits. Read More >>

Artificial Intelligence Sheds New Light on the Origins of the Bible

Some 2,600 years ago, a band of Judahite soldiers kept watch on their kingdom’s southern border in the final days before Jerusalem was sacked by Nebuchadnezzar. They left behind numerous inscriptions — and now, a groundbreaking digital analysis has revealed how many writers are behind them. The research and innovative technology behind it stand to help us learn about the origins of the Bible itself. Read More >>

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This Neural Net Describes the City it Sees in Real-Time

Take one neural network that describes what it sees in an image. Provide it with a webcam feed from the MacBook it’s running on. Then, wander around a city and see what happens. Here are the results of exactly that experiment. Read More >>

This Face is the Average of Inanimate Objects That Look Like Faces

No real faces were used in the making of this face. Instead, it’s what happens when you average out the appearance of a bunch of inanimate objects that people think look like faces. Read More >>

Google’s Image Recognition Software Can Now Describe Entire Scenes

A research collaboration between Google and Stanford University is producing software that increasingly describes the entire scene portrayed in a picture, not just individual objects. Read More >>

A Calorie Tracking Image Recognition App Keeps Portions Under Control

Worried that you've piled your plate too high at the buffet? Researchers at SRI—the folks who created Siri before Apple bought it—are working on a new app that uses image recognition and clever AI to provide a fairly accurate estimate of the calories you're about to consume. Read More >>