Over the years we've been conditioned by movies, from the "Terminator" flicks of the '80s and '90s to more recently, the "Fast & Furious" franchise's "God's Eye," to have a concept of what computer vision looks like.
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But how does the real thing stack up? Take a look at this computer vision system's take on Times Square:
That's Google Research's NASnet, a "state of the art object detection framework." I was interested to see that it not only picks up vehicles, people, bicycles and traffic lights, but also backpacks, handbags and even drinks cups.
I have mixed feelings on watching this technology progress. Obviously it's coming no matter what, and I'd like a system that can detect, say, a known terrorist hauling a backpack. On the other hand, if you haven't yet seen that video of miniature assassin drones--which are basically bullets that can move in any direction and have someone's name written on them--you need to check it out. If that technology falls into the wrong hands, we'll be wishing we lived with Terminators instead.
Incidentally, I believe the Daft Punk soundtrack was not added in post-production, but that all computer vision systems spontaneously generate French house music. I'm not a scientist but I know that it's integral to the computational process.
Which gives me an idea: What would Daft Punk Terminators look like?
"We're going to funky kill you"