Google develops ‘cat identifier’ using 16,000 processors

Researchers at the Google’s secretive X Laboratory have developed a neural network that claims to be able to identify cats and ‘learn’ what cats look like, enabling it to almost completely emulate a very small part of work done by human brain. Google, with the help of Stanford University researchers, has been working on this for quite some years now with it only bearing fruit recently.

Being one of the largest neural networks ever built, the ‘cat identifier’ consists of 16,000 computer processors. The system was fed with about 10 million images captured from random Youtube videos. The system then learned to identify cats from the images by learning the different characteristics of a cat.

The picture below shows an image of a cat that the system taught itself to recognize:

Google also said that the project has now been moved from the company’s X Laboratory to its main research area. The company expects the research to turn out fruitful in providing better image search, speech recognition, and machine language translation. However, clearly the consequences of this artificial semi-intelligence cannot be predicted.

Though it might not be a surprise to some, aside from potentially marking the beginning of when machines can think and learn by themselves, this shows the plethora of cat videos and images there are on the Internet.

Do you think that this is looking like something bad or do you believe that this is going to bring great advances to human lives? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

[via New York Times]

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  1. David H. Millson

    @David: …only if misused. Watch “Person of Interest” on CBS at 21:00 EST. Just like guns, but we have guns so they can only identify us. Take away an armed citizenry and the government can and will run roughshod over our rights and our assets.

  2. Moi

    Nothing good can come from another way to predictively figure out what someone is thinking. Big Brother coming down the street. Face scanning cameras, thought crime etc.. Can anyone say I read about this in the book 1984?

  3. rachana

    Any one remember the movie PAYCHECK its absolutely lead Google to this end at last and what they are aiming for

    let it Google or some one the end results will be the same.But i vote Google to won the race.


  4. Ted

    The evolution of “thinking” robots is inevitable. It seems likely that this is irrelevant since the human race is on the fast track to extinction. The exhaustion of food supplies, rapidly increasing populations, losing and lost potable water supplies, corrupt governments (not just others — look at our own), and, last, but not least, those beastly little bacteria and viruses that possess the ability to outpace our ability to keep them under control.

    Oh, I forgot to mention climate change, nuclear plant failures, and the individual’s inability to recognize any limitation to innate self-interest.

  5. JT

    Looks interesting, and still a scary thought that they continue to want computers to act as a human brain would. If they give computers free will we’re in trouble. lol

    Secondly, anyone notice that the laptop they’re using was a MacBook Pro? You wouldn’t think they’d use their biggest competitors equipment for their own research.

  6. David

    Of course its bad .
    If its abused.
    The good is that it could help find missing children, war criminals, help people clear customs and so much more .
    For the good I love it

    My guess is that The authorities will find it more useful to track us the people.
    Its not a conspiracy thing .
    Its what Authorities do.
    If its available get it. If you have it use it..

    Interesting how deep Google is in this tracking business.
    Makes me wonder what lovely programs are already out there in the hands of say the CIA that are doing the above already.
    Maybe its this that helped verify Bin Laden before the raid.
    Now thats a good thing I am sure as it would save innocent lives.