Google - Planet : when algorithm surpasses human



Planet is an innovation in the domain of photography,  this new algorithm developped by Google can precise where exactly your photo was taken. Using metadata and analysing the content of your snapshot, Planet’s analysis is neatly better than  human’s reasoning.


Planet can identify a bridge, the Eiffel tower, the Statue of Liberty or the londonian Big Ben to identify the exact place but further, it can identify a place without a reference point we human generally need to source without a mistake a place.  For a Smartphone, Planet only require 377 Mo internal memory to be functional, Planet  uses more than 120 millions geolocalized photo taken from the internet to identify  the continent, the country, town and streets.


Two staff of Google and a searcher of Aachen university based in Germany are working on this project.  Apparently, the team has established 26 000 squares around the world considered as high probability zones for a photo to be taken.  To test Planet’s effectiveness, Google has cretaed GeoGuessR where  top ten world travelers will compete with the new algorithm, Planet wins 28 out of 50 rounds with a margin error of 1131 km, for human, the margin error was of 2320 km.


A great  prowess for an algorithm which doesn’t use  traditional architectural style to identify a place.  However the system is not unfailing. If you take a photo at home in your bathroom, Planet has no chances. 

Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 08:14