Simultaneous discovery—Google and Stanford

Image: Karpathy and Fei-Fei, Stanford University.

Great discoveries commonly occur in pairs.

Pattern recognition by machines has long been inferior to the human brain.  In 2012 it took an army of 16,000 computer processers to be able to recognize a cat.

On Monday November 17, 2014, Stanford’s Computer Vision Lab and Google Brain separately announced that they had trained their computer neural networks to recognize the details of complex photos with decent accuracy. Apparently each team did not know of the similar efforts of the other, although they were within a few miles of each other. Because there is a demand for this capacity, several teams have been working on the problem. The surprise comes from the simultaneous announcements.

The telephone and evolution were each discovered by two different people at the same time. Great discoveries seem to be “in the air” and then announced around the same time.

Image courtesy of: Karpathy and Fei-Fei, Stanford University.



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