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Serageldin with Vint Cerf

Facial recognition software is widely used to identify people and until recently it was one of the few areas where humans out-performed machines. Until about five years ago, the errors in machine identification of faces was about 25%, i.e. barely reaching 75% accuracy, while humans were in the range of 97.5% accuracy. However, in the last few years, new developments in software have allowed machines to exceed the human accuracy level, and such software is now utilized by Baidu, Google Facenet, tencent bestimage, Deep ID3, all of which reach over 99.5% accuracy. Facebook’s software is now neck and neck with human accuracy levels and is being provided by the company to assist the Facebook user to keep track of your social network friends who show up in other pictures in other parts of the Internet. Continue Reading...

Ismail Serageldin
Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina(BA)


Ron's Corner University of Pittsburgh, World Health Organization
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  • 'Electronic brains'! That's what computers were called in the 1950s.

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