Microsoft Is Teaching Computers to See Like People

The company’s researchers are developing systems that process visual information like humans and can answer questions about a photo’s content. Microsoft’s quest to build computing systems that understand the world around them doesn’t end with the company’s Project Oxford machine-learning technology. Researchers at the Redmond, Wash., software maker are also developing systems that mimic how humans pull information from the things they see.”When a person is asked about something in a photo, they’re taking in a lot of details—a lot of words—to answer questions about it,” blogged Microsoft spokesperson Athima Chansanchai. “Now, a team of Microsoft researchers, together with colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University, has created a system that uses computer vision, deep learning and language understanding to analyze images and answer questions the same way humans would.”Together, the researchers…


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