The amazing future

Watch this seven plus minute video and prepare to be amazed at what an application called Photosynth can do. It’s architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, demonstrates and describes the technology and what lies ahead. (Link courtesy of Michael K. Bergman of AI3.) It’s so amazing, I almost want to begin exercising just to ensure I stay around long enough to see where all this is leading. Wow.


6 thoughts on “The amazing future

  1. Michael Neel

    I remember seeing some of this when Microsoft first acquired the company. The impresses me on two levels; one the ability to run a system linked to such hires imagery and have the PC act like it’s nothing. Second, the connecting the images (which, yes doesn’t impress me as much as #1 – and I’m probably one of only a handful that thinks this way =p)

  2. Jerry

    The paradoxical nature of our species becomes conspicuous when our capability to accomplish such amazing feats of technological wizardry are contrasted with our behavior in Darfur.

  3. Perry Post author

    @Paul. You’re right that it is a new world. I’m not sure what to make of it, but I feel a bit like a kid in a candy store as I think about all that is out there to discover in this field.

    @Jerry. I don’t disagree with your observation at all. We as a species are nothing if not paradoxical.

  4. Perry Post author

    Mike, for reasons that totally escape me, your comment from 6/5 was caught by Akismet as spam. When I was clearing that out this morning I just happened to see it and rescued it from the trash heap to which it had been relegated. I can’t see anything in it that would have triggered such an action, so I’m baffled.

    I’m impressed by the two things you mention too. In particular, I like the ability to “drill down” into the photographs that extensively for what my son Mike and I refer to as “pixel peeping,” which for us means looking critically at a photograph at its highest resolution to detect flaws.

    I do wonder what kind of computer it takes to handle such an application so smoothly and would like to believe that maybe a “normal” system could do it, but I have my doubts about that.

  5. Colm Smyth

    I’m rarely really impressed by technology, but, well, wow. The infinite zoom effect is technically merely interesting but as a user experience it is just fantastic.

    However it is the recognition and correlation of images that is the really impressive part of this demo – in three dimensions!

    Of course, no one has mentioned what kind of CPU power is needed to actually do the edge detection/image-“fingerprinting”, capture, indexing and lookup, but it’s certainly several (I’d guess 6-10) orders of magnitude more difficult than Google has to do just using it’s brute-force recursive link-counting, caching and (optional) document conversion.

    I can see this needing a SETI-like approach where users give up a portion of their CPU to do the image analysis. I’d certainly run it, just so long as I can ensure my laptop’s cycles are not being wasted indexing porn!


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