Photo Recognition Firm is Snapped Up

Google has bought Moodstocks, a French machine learning company, to help boost its image search capabilities.(CCM) — Google is ramping up its machine learning capabilities by buying Moodstocks, a Paris-based company that specializes in image recognition for smartphones. Google already uses image recognition as part of its Google Photos service to allow users to search collections of photographs using simple words like “beach” or “party” without previously having tagged them manually. Announcing the deal today in a blog posting (in French), Vincent Simonet, Manager of Google’s French R&D center, said that much more work remains to be done in the field of image recognition and that that is where Moodstock’s expertise will be harnessed.Google uses machine learning in many of the services it offers including Google Translate and Smart Reply…


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