Pinterest launches new AI image search tool

Pinterest has added image-recognition software to its site which will allow users to search online for the contents of the site’s images. This is done via deep learning technology, and users can draw a box around an item present in an image to search for similar items among an index of more than one billion. Some will also be available to purchase with Pinterest’s recently-introduced Buy button.   Speaking to MIT Technology Review, Kevin Jing, engineering manager for Pinterest, said: “Image representation coming from deep learning is much, much more accurate. Even this year there has been so much improvement.”  Earlier this month, Facebook unveiled its own deep learning project, which similarly uses artificial intelligence to achieve advanced object recognition that is able to segment and distinguish between items in an image. With the announcement, the company claimed that the software…


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