During the annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, the company demonstrated new advances in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and machine learning with an app called “Project Adam” that enables Cortana to identify real world objects.
The demo by Microsoft shows a person simply asking Cortana: “What kind of dog is this?”, Cortana then ask to take a picture of the dog; the camera opened automatically, and after a few short seconds, Cortana correctly answers the question.
According to the company, Project Adam is being developed to imitate the human brain. The technology works by using high performance computing that builds and store data in a massive scale distribution system that works in the same way as in our neural processes.
With Project Adam we created the best photograph classifier
The Microsoft team headed by Trishul Chilimbi has been working on Project Adam for some time and the focus on this research was object classification by “culling a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags.
Using 30 times fewer machines than other systems, that data was used to train a neural network made up of more than two billion connections. This scalable infrastructure is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems.”
Although Adam still under development and at an early stage, it already shows a lot of potential. The Microsoft Research team is also working on expanding Adam’s capability such as being able to accurately identify the nutritional facts of a meal, or take a picture of an unusual skin condition and get an accurate diagnosis.
There is no word when this technology will release and how the company plans to roll it out.