Google Built an Insane Neural Network To ID House Numbers in Street View
Take, for example, the conundrum of house numbers in panoramic images, like the ones Street View shows you. There hundreds of millions of street numbers in a single country alone-so finding and identifying each number in Street View would be a sisyphean task. Instead,
This neural network-which you can read about here , basically it's a computing network modeled on animal nervous systems-has eleven layers of neurons, which makes it possible to ID millions of house numbers a day from the Street View raw image data. "We can, for example, transcribe all the views we have of street numbers in France in less than an hour using our Google infrastructure," write the engineers in a new Arvix paper about the project .
What about the numbers that are too blurry for this giant brain to make sense of? No prob-those are identified by humans as part of a
second generation CAPTCHA program
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