Google will make our smartphones smart enough to recognize people and objects inside videos

Google will make our smartphones smart enough to recognize people and objects inside videos
Thanks to advances in machine learning, smartphones are progressively becoming smarter and capable of cooler tricks than those before them. Google has been instrumental in giving us a glimpse of the immense power that's to be unlocked by the continued development of machine learning. Think the stuff Google Photos does by categorizing your albums, or how the Assistant is able to predict your usage patterns and save you time.

That's machine learning at play, and Google is now letting app developers do it with videos to potentially exciting results. The new Video Intelligence API can recognize objects in videos, categorize them, and make them searchable. This has been done with still images before, so the addition of videos comes very much as expected. As a bonus, scene changes can now be tagged, too. Nice!

A small slice of the technology's potential can be experienced here. We'd sure love to see our smartphones lay down some solid video object recognition in the near future!

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13 Comments

1. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Good news for the CIA when they gain access to your device.

3. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

It's coming....

2. TechGirl90 unregistered

That's................................Ominous. :(

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Awesome!

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I agree. And if I don't want it, I won't back up my videos anywhere online.

5. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Google has an insurmountable lead in its AI department. Imagine if this is going to be released to the public, what tricks google might have up its sleeve that it already is working on!

6. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Those tricks are what have me worried lol....

7. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Unless it translates to more ad revenue, doesn't matter what lead they have.

8. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Its funny that people say Apple is dying or Google's business model is dying because these. These companies have the most money in the world which translates to the smartest minds in the world which translates to money again. Simple as that.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

This could be a huge strain on our privacy.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22489; Member since: May 28, 2014

#SkyNetIsComing

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Smartphones are getting too smart, and it's turned into a big privacy concern. It's about time I return to feature phones!

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I'm confused, this already exists? there are several image services that even categorised pictures according to what is in them last I checked?

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