Your Photo Of A Burrito Is Now Worth A Thousand Words

That burrito in your hands—so warm, so gooey, the richness cut by cilantro and red-hot spice. Before you take a bite, you’d better take a picture. Multiply that impulse by tens of thousands and you get Yelp’s database of images, drawn from burrito joints, cocktail bars, and more. Until recently, Yelp was dependent on users to tag their images with search-friendly metadata. But now, using the kind of deep learning techniques that are transforming the field of AI, Yelp is starting to see the business benefits of using software intelligence to power its listing pages and user recommendations. News coverage of AI, or artificial intelligence, has focused on the efforts of deep-pocketed Silicon Valley giants Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook, which are embroiled in an arms race for developer talent.…


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