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Software Describes Surveillance Footage In AI-Generated Text 132

Posted by timothy
from the now-he's-throttling-the-interstitial-ad dept.
holy_calamity writes "A computer vision research group at UCLA has put together a system that watches surveillance footage and generates a text description of the events in real time. It only works on traffic cameras for now but demonstrates how sophisticated computer vision is becoming. Interestingly, the system was built thanks to a database of millions of human-labeled images put together by Chinese workers."
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Software Describes Surveillance Footage In AI-Generated Text

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  • Crowd-sourcing (Score:3, Interesting)

    by cosm (1072588) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <3msoceht>> on Wednesday June 02, 2010 @01:23PM (#32435154)

    the system was built thanks to a database of millions of human-labeled images put together by Chinese workers.

    I spent a brief amount of time checking out Amazon's Mechanical Turk [mturk.com], and this was one of the activities they offered pennies on the hour for. Yay for crowd-sourced globalization! 100 years from now, when many of the mundanities of life are automated, is this what minimum wage workers will be doing?

  • Scary (Score:2, Interesting)

    by mandelbr0t (1015855) on Wednesday June 02, 2010 @01:24PM (#32435166) Journal
    Note some of the text in the sample video "Possible Yield violation by Landcar_XXXXX". Are we seriously going to leave policing to an AI? /shudders
  • Re:Scary (Score:4, Interesting)

    by adonoman (624929) on Wednesday June 02, 2010 @01:31PM (#32435296)
    It a whole lot more objective than leaving it up to police officers. If it weren't for the obvious privacy issues in whoever's running this knowing where my car has been, I'd be happy if every intersection had this sort of thing. Traffic flow would be improved immensely. Of course the privacy thing really is a deal breaker when it comes to this level of surveillance (I'd trust the AI, but unfortunately, these sort of systems always have a human in the mix).

    I'd much prefer that we'd all switch to AI controlled cars.
  • Re:Scary (Score:4, Interesting)

    by 0123456 (636235) on Wednesday June 02, 2010 @01:36PM (#32435382)

    It a whole lot more objective than leaving it up to police officers.

    If every law was 'objectively' enforced 24/7, life would be unbearable and most of us would be in jail; the end result would be social collapse or civil war.

  • by HeckRuler (1369601) on Wednesday June 02, 2010 @04:09PM (#32437344)
    Yes, there is a lot of information out there. Most of it isn't private. Most of it pictures of cats.
    But some of it is private, and some of it is actually secrets that people are putting out there. But I ascribe the vast majority of that to idiots and ignorance. But some of it is complacency. And so, spreading the news about all the vectors that private information can be lost is a good thing because it helps people control their information.

    But saying things like "privacy is a myth" is just an attack on the notion of privacy. Its an effort to makes people accept the reduction of privacy. Fuck that, and fuck you anon. Don't just give up, fight it.

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