Dogs and Machine Learning Come Together in an App

A few years ago, consumer canine DNA tests became popular among dog lovers curious about their pets’ heritage. Through a cheek swab or blood sample, you could see what interesting mix of breeds your rescue pup was made up of. But for many, the novelty didn’t warrant the price tag. Now there’s a free, though less scientific, alternative through an app called Fetch! The program was created by Microsoft Garage, a project lab that lets Microsoft employees work on projects not related to their regular job (it’s been compared to Google’s famous “20% time” initiative). Using machine learning technology, Fetch! uses a photo database to classify the makeup of a dog. When you take a picture of your pup, it’ll tell you the closest percentage of your dog’s breed. If…


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