The Image Recognition Technology Is, Usually, Associated with an Array of Security and Surveillance-Related Uses and the Rapidly Developing Autonomous Vehicle Niche. Can Image Recognition Apps Help Businesses in Other Verticals? With Reuters' predictions for the not-so-far-off year of 2022 being in the region of a hefty $43-57 billion, Image Recognition is one big lure for AI outfits, and, simultaneously, a lot of hope for businesses and organizations that depend upon it for their survival and success. These include entities as diverse, as manufacturers of autonomous cars and security systems, national nature parks, border security forces, and companies that produce drones. Be it monitoring the state of a much cherished rainforest or sending drones to remote oil rigs to check if all one's assets are in one piece, almost all of the widely known uses of Image Recognition seem to be related to security and surveillance.
Image recognition and classification is a rapidly growing field in the area of machine learning. In particular, object recognition is a key feature of image classification, and the commercial implications of this are vast. These are just a few of many examples of how image classification will ultimately shape the future of the world we live in. So, let's take a look at an example of how we can build our own image classifier. VGG16 is a built-in neural network in Keras that is pre-trained for image recognition.
Z Advanced Computing, Inc. (ZAC) of Potomac, MD announced on August 27 that it is funded by the US Air Force, to use ZAC's detailed 3D image recognition technology, based on Explainable-AI, for drones (unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV) for aerial image/object recognition. ZAC is the first to demonstrate Explainable-AI, where various attributes and details of 3D (three dimensional) objects can be recognized from any view or angle. "With our superior approach, complex 3D objects can be recognized from any direction, using only a small number of training samples," said Dr. Saied Tadayon, CTO of ZAC. "For complex tasks, such as drone vision, you need ZAC's superior technology to handle detailed 3D image recognition." "You cannot do this with the other techniques, such as Deep Convolutional Neural Networks, even with an extremely large number of training samples. That's basically hitting the limits of the CNNs," continued Dr. Bijan Tadayon, CEO of ZAC.
Neural networks show impressive results working with image data. Today, well-trained technology out-performs the human brain when it comes to classifying millions of images or recognizing patterns in the photos taken by Kepler telescope. As a result, AI-enabled image analysis and processing have made their way to diverse areas, far beyond photography or social media. EBay, for example, launched a computer vision feature that allows to search products using image instead of keywords or description. Opting for Image Search, a customer can simply take a picture of the product and use it to find a similar one in the marketplace.
Our brains are wired in a way that they can differentiate between objects, both living and non-living by simply looking at them. In fact, the recognition of objects and a situation through visualization is the fastest way to gather, as well as to relate information. This becomes a pretty big deal for computers where a vast amount of data has to be stuffed into it, before the computer can perform an operation on its own. Ironically, with each passing day, it is becoming essential for machines to identify objects through facial recognition, so that humans can take the next big step towards a more scientifically advanced social mechanism. So, what progress have we really made in that respect?