Facebook opens its advanced AI vision tech to everyone

There are essentially three sets of code that Facebook is putting on GitHub today. They’re called DeepMask, SharpMask and MultiPathNet: DeepMask figures out if there’s an object in the image, SharpMask delineates those objects and MultiPathNet attempts to identify what they are. Combined, they make up a visual-recognition system that Facebook says is able to understand images at the pixel level, a surprisingly complex task for machines. “There’s a view that a lot of computer vision has progressed and a lot of things are solved,” says Piotr Dollar, a research scientist at Facebook. “The reality is we’re just starting to scratch the surface.” For example, he says, computer vision can currently tell you if an image has a dog or a person. But a photo is more than just the…


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