Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can recognize objects in videos

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Apparently this new API is already quite sophisticated. According to Google it can detect entities within the video, such as dog, flower, car & it can detect scene changes within the video.  Google claims they “will continue to improve on our Video Intelligence API through Beta”. Sounds like some seriously high tech stuff.

Below is the description from Google on their Cloud site regarding the new machine learning API.

“Google Cloud Video Intelligence API makes videos searchable, and discoverable, by extracting metadata with an easy to use REST API. You can now search every moment of every video file in your catalog and find every occurrence as well as its significance. It quickly annotates videos stored in Google Cloud Storage, and helps you identify key nouns entities of your video, and when they occur within the video. Separate signal from noise, by retrieving relevant information at the video, shot or per frame”.

The folks at TechCrunch explain what Google’s Chief Scientist of AI had to say about it at today’s keynote.

At its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, Google today announced the launch of a new machine learning API for automatically recognizing objects in videos and making them searchable.

The new Video Intelligence API will allow developers to build applications that can automatically extract entities from a video. Until now, most similar image recognition APIs available in the cloud only focused on doing this for still images, but with the help of this new API, developers will be able to build applications that let users search and discover information in videos. That means you can search for “dog” or “flower,” for example.

Besides extracting metadata, the API allows you to tag scene changes in a video.

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So is this new technology another scary spy mechanism that the government will use to monitor us like lab rats? Or is it just cool new high tech stuff we should embrace & explore? Let us know in the comments section below.




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