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Earlier this year Facebook created DeepFace, a facial recognition system almost as accurate as the human brain. In a standardized test involving pairs of photographs, a human being would get the answer correct 97.53% of the time; Facebook’s technology scored an impressive 97.25%. Most people thought that was as far as facial recognition breakthroughs would go in 2014. They were wrong.
A few months after Facebook’s breakthrough, the Multimedia Laboratory at the Chinese University of Hong Kong claims to have smashed Facebook’s record by building a recognition system that achieves a massive 99.15% accuracy rate—based on some truly innovative deep learning models.
“This is strong evidence that deep learning is making artificial intelligence possible,” says the university’s Xiaoou Tang, former head of Microsoft Asia’s Visual Computing group of Microsoft Asia. “As a breakthrough, it’s very exciting for us.”
By surpassing human levels of recognition for the first time, Tang’s triumph demonstrates just how far facial recognition technology has come in recent years—and where it might be going next.
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Earlier this year Facebook created DeepFace, a facial recognition system almost as accurate as the human brain. In a standardized test involving pairs of photographs, a human being would get the answer correct 97.53% of the time; Facebook’s technology scored an impressive 97.25%. Most people thought that was as far as facial recognition breakthroughs would go in 2014. They were wrong.

A few months after Facebook’s breakthrough, the Multimedia Laboratory at the Chinese University of Hong Kong claims to have smashed Facebook’s record by building a recognition system that achieves a massive 99.15% accuracy rate—based on some truly innovative deep learning models.

“This is strong evidence that deep learning is making artificial intelligence possible,” says the university’s Xiaoou Tang, former head of Microsoft Asia’s Visual Computing group of Microsoft Asia. “As a breakthrough, it’s very exciting for us.”

By surpassing human levels of recognition for the first time, Tang’s triumph demonstrates just how far facial recognition technology has come in recent years—and where it might be going next.

Read More>

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

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A million Samsung phone users are about to get Jay-Z’s new album three days early and for free! Those lucky ducks.  
Google is combatting child porn with a number of measures including a new image identification system.
Police in 26 states are using facial recognition technology to fight crime.
Netflix is happy right now. The video streaming service is hooking up with DreamWorks for its biggest partnership to date.
Local radio stations can now place targeted ads in their desktop and mobile streams.
This week, a group of homing pigeons will tweet their way across Europe using tiny digital backpacks. 
Word on the street is that Facebook is going to reveal a video functionality for Instagram. But that may not be a great idea…
Today the Supreme Court made some big decisions pertaining to an Arizona voter registration law and a drug patent case.
More from our NSA secret surveillance tracker: Edward Snowden says, “I did not reveal any U.S. operations against legitimate military targets.”


Now you can use Skype’s video messaging app on your computer, iPhone, or Android device.
Have a great week! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
Daily Fast Feed Roundup

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Have a great week! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger