Photo Recognition Buzzwords: What They Really Mean

Image recognition technology — once geeky, back-end and technical — has emerged as a driving force behind much of the recent innovation in digital photo apps as companies market their products with mysterious buzzwords such as “machine learning” and “computer vision.” But what do these words really mean, and why is it suddenly a thing? Well, just look at your photo collection. Today, the average consumer with an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy shoots hundreds, if not thousands, of images and videos a year. Compare that with the predigital era, when the average person might have taken only a few dozen images during that same time period. Now, instead of going in a shoe box or picture frame, an overwhelming number of casual photos are saved — but seldom viewed —…

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