Microsoft has unveiled artificial intelligence that can go up against tech giants such as Google and IBM. Called Project Adam, the technology is based on visual recognition.
"The goal of Project Adam is to enable software to visually recognize any object," Microsoft said in a blog post. "It's a tall order, given the immense neural network in human brains that makes those kinds of associations possible through trillions of connections."
The company hopes to replicate the complex processes of a human brain in a computer. This would allow for the machine to understand processes the way a person could.
The company tested Project Adam with a database of 14 million images, which included images of dogs. The AI was able to distinguish different types of dogs and breeds. It can also discern the differences between dogs and objects such as smartphones.
"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," Microsoft said. "This scalable infrastructure is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems."
Microsoft began working on Project Adam 18 months ago, so its development is still in the early stages. The company envisions many uses for Project Adam, including determining the nutritional value of meals by simply pointing your phone at the food. "Or, snap a photo of an unusual skin condition and get an accurate diagnosis. Or if you're out in the woods and need to know which plants are poisonous and which are edible, this is the technology that could help you do that," Microsoft said.
Watch a live demo of Project Adam below.