Facial Recognition Systems Needed for Doggies, Cats, and Dolphins

Well it seems that the team at Google X has developed a search algorithm for identifying cats in a digital picture or video. This has always been tough because artificial intelligence is good many things, but not often so good at recognizing what is in a photo. Obviously there are military applications to all of this, for instance an algorithm might go through a satellite photo and find anomalies, therefore picking out the enemy. But what about a more domestic need, something like picking out cats or animals in a YouTube video?

It’s kind of funny where high-tech comes from. People like to stay alive, so high-tech comes in the form of medical apparatuses, just as people like to be entertained so we find technology being developed for TV, movies, and the Internet. We already mentioned facial recognition system hong kong military technology above with regards to satellite photo imaging, and who knows if we put all this together maybe you could find your lost cat on Google Earth “real-time” feature. No, Google Earth does not work in real time yet, but I imagine in the next five years it just might.

Now then, what if we take the facial recognition technologies we have for humans that they are using on Facebook and other places to go through digital photos, and use it for other animals such as dogs, cats, and dolphins? Did you know they did video dating with chimpanzees halfway around the world? They found that if they showed the chimpanzees pictures of potential mates in a video, they could figure out which chimpanzees they should put together. This way they wouldn’t fight, and the potential for them having offspring would be much greater.

The same thing work for Dolphins at Sea world? I bet it could. If each human face is slightly different, and each dog, cat, or dolphin is as well then maybe we do not need to strap sensors on wild animals to track them? In some cases we may be able to use facial recognition, and simply put cameras in places where they are most likely to pass during migration season. Or, as our satellites get better maybe we can basically recognize a given animal by their features from afar? Does it make sense to categorize all the animals, just as we are doing with people?

Is that a good use of digital data to be stored in the cloud? We will potentially learn quite a bit by doing this, and since we can, therefore we should. These new algorithms for recognizing animals, and potentially facial recognition of animals is quite a leap forward, and computer scientists are discovering new ways to get this done. Please consider all this and think on it.

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