Microsoft’s image recognition technology wins awards

Today, Microsoft announced it has made a substantial breakthrough in image recognition with neural network systems achieving five times more levels than any previous system. With this new technology, Microsoft took first place in both the ImageNet and Microsoft Common Objects in Context competitions, beating numerous academic, corporate and research institutions. In both of these competitions, teams compete to see how well their systems identify objects either in a photograph or video without the aid of humans. Microsoft’s entry was able to beat the competition by achieving a high level of accuracy that would meet and sometimes exceed human capabilities. In a post detailing the success, Jian Sun, a principal research manager at Microsoft Research, explains they were able to achieve such incredible results because of their new incredibly deep neural…

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