Microsoft shows off app that ID’s your dog’s breed

Microsoft’s latest trick: analyzing a photo to identify the dog breed of your canine companion. The tool, released on Thursday and dubbed Fetch, lives at what-dog.net and comes as a Web app or download for devices running Apple’s iOS. It’s the latest in Microsoft’s campaign to advertise the potential of machine-learning research being done by a Microsoft Research group in Cambridge, U.K., and other engineers and researchers at the Redmond company. Previous Internet-friendly efforts include apps that tried to peg your age, reviewed moustaches, and evaluated whether two people looked like twins. The attention-seeking tools highlight the progress computer-science researchers are making in a key area of artificial intelligence. Computers are great at solving defined problems and making quick calculations, but identifying the content of images has proved a stumbling…


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