Artificial Intelligence Gives Photos New Life Online

NEWS ANALYSIS: Artificial intelligence used to be all about words. But suddenly this week it’s clear that amazing things are possible when machines can understand pictures. Research projects dating back to the 1950s have attempted to apply artificial intelligence to create machines that think—or at least behave as if they can.The quest to build computers that think like humans has necessarily focused on words. The famous Turing Test, for example, is designed to prove a machine’s ability to act intelligently by responding to written questions like a person would.In reality, the human mind is optimized for visual processing. So much of what makes us both intelligent and human is our ability to recognize patterns, objects and context from what we see.Until very recently, computers couldn’t do much with pictures. Photos,…


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