Google Uses Machine Learning For Geolocation

A Google team has put a deep-learning machine to work to determine the location for nearly any photo. Google’s machine is better than you Human’s are, depending on the person, surprisingly quite good at working out the location in photos when no obvious landmark is present. Clearly a photo with a Eiffel Tower in it puts the photo in Paris, or Las Vegas I guess. A photo a leaning tower likely puts the location in Pisa, Italy. But, especially for the well-traveled, people have an uncanny knack for identifying the likely location where a photo was taken from knowledge accrued over a lifetime. The side of the road that a car is driving can narrow down the possible location quite quickly and effectively. Road signs, vegetation, architecture, people in the…


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