Yelp Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Help You Find Dinner

Warning: The robots that power ever-popular review platform Yelp are becoming sentient. Okay, not really, but as Fast Company reports, the company is using artificial intelligence to better serve its millions of users. For an entire generation of diners, taking photos of their food has become second-nature — and thanks to them, Yelp has a gigantic database of photos. While previously the company has relied on users to caption their own photos with “search-friendly metadata,” it’s now armed with software intelligence that can identify information about a restaurant based on photos alone. As FastCo explains, this is thanks to deep learning, “a form of machine learning that involves training neural networks to solve problems using large sets of data.” (Basically, machines are getting smarter by mimicking the structure of the human brain.)…


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