Thursday February 25, 2016

Google's Neural Network Guesses Image Locations With "Superhuman" Ease

Screw using a phone book to track down Sarah Connor, the next Terminator will just scan a bunch of pictures using Google's new neural network. Based on your pupil dilation, skin temperature, and motor functions, I calculate an 83% probability that you will be located and killed because of your stupid geotagged Facebook photos. cool

The results make for interesting reading. To measure the accuracy of their machine, they fed it 2.3 million geotagged images from Flickr to see whether it could correctly determine their location. "PlaNet is able to localize 3.6 percent of the images at street-level accuracy and 10.1 percent at city-level accuracy," say Weyand and co. What’s more, the machine determines the country of origin in a further 28.4 percent of the photos and the continent in 48.0 percent of them.