Google Can Tell Where You Took The Photo
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We have all witnessed what Google's powerful technological breakthroughs can do however this one really shines.
Google recently started developing new software that can determine where the photo was taken without supplying it with the GPS coordinates.
Even though this task is pretty straightforward for humans for example if we've been shown a picture with a popular landmark and even thought we've might never been there, we can say where it is. This task is really difficult for computers to solve, or at least it was.. Google's new technology called PlaNet can out perform the human using a clever algorithm to determine the location of the images without any location information.
Tobias Weyland, a computer vision specialist at Google said:
We think PlaNet has an advantage over humans because it has seen many more places than any human can ever visit and has learned subtle cues of different scenes that are even hard for a well-traveled human to distinguish
The way the software works is its dividing the world into a grid consisting of 26,000 squares of different sizes depending on the number of images taken into that particular square, therefore there can be more square within big cities compared to more remote regions. The software is ignoring areas like oceans and the Polar Regions because only few pictures are taken there.
The software was put to a test against 10 well-traveled people and most of the times, PlaNet was able to determine the location faster than the human opponent. The game used in the test can be found and played here: http://www.geoguessr.com
Give it a go and let us know how you did.
Article source: MIT Technology Review