IBM's WATSON supercomputer can now identify your photos using a new open source app.
The company promised better picture recognition for the gameshow-winning digital prodigy at the start of the year, and has now delivered a fun, if slightly terrifying, guessing game.
Simply uploading a photo will allow Watson to tell you what it thinks the photo contains. The results are fairly mixed, and kind of spooky.
We showed it this photo of cuddly Pat Sharp, former INQ spokesperson and one half of chart-bothering duo Pat and Mick, and it came back with the following answers in order of certainty.
Mixed Colour 63 per cent
People 61 per cent
Outdoors 60 per cent
Scene 59 per cent
Head and shoulders 59 per cent
We suspect that it got 'head and shoulders' because of that lustrous dandruff-free mullet.
Next we tried our favourite South American giant rodent, a capybara.
Rooster 62 per cent
Outdoors 61 per cent
Wombat 58 per cent
Dog 58 per cent
Skunk 57 per cent
Oh dear. We suppose a capybara looks a bit like a wombat, although they're separated by continents.
Finally, this lovely picture of a beach resort.
Sky scene 70 per cent
Car 65 per cent
Sunglasses 63 per cent
Outdoors 63 per cent
Scene 62 per cent
Yeah, not bad. The sunglasses thing is quite weird, though.
The whole project is available for download from GitHub if you want to have a go at turning it into something useful. If you just want to stop it coming up with 'mixed colour' for Pat Sharp you can join in by uploading and categorising 50 photos of him. Of course, some would call that number of pictures of Pat 'a shrine'.
Watson is capable of learning, so the more images of Pat Sharp it has on file, the better it will be at recognising new pictures of Pat Sharp as they are presented. This is known as Deep Pat Sharp Neural Cognition. But only by us.
Of course, the student is only as good as the teacher, so at the moment Watson won't even think to say 'mullet' unless you teach it.
The image identification software is just one of the many ways that Watson has been updated since its inception. The supercomputer can also provide analytics on a pay-as-you-go basis, offering plain English question input to gain business insights. µ
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