Artificial Intelligence and Image Recognition Challenges
Everything’s Coming Up Roses!
One of the methods used by image recognition algorithms is to “see” things by noting patterns in an image. This can be very effective, but can also create challenges.
In the tea animation here, watch how the AI software sees the numerous roses in the bouquet, and, making a note of that rose pattern, then assumes there must be other roses in the image – when there are not!
So, the end of the folded napkin becomes a rose. Rose patterns are seen in the blank back wall. And even the lavender bouquet decoration on the tea pot becomes a rose!
While this might make an interesting surrealist work of art, we certainly would not want our autonomous car seeing roses where, in fact, there is a dog, or other vehicle, or fallen tree – or nothing!