Teaching a computer how to ‘see’ is no small feat. You can slap a camera on a PC, but that won’t give it sight. In order for a machine to actually view the world like people or animals do, it relies on computer vision and image recognition.
Computer vision is what powers a bar code scanner’s ability to “see” a bunch of stripes in a UPC. It’s also how Apple’s Face ID can tell whether a face its camera is looking at is yours. Basically, whenever a machine processes raw visual input – such as a JPEG file or a camera feed – it’s using computer vision to understand what it’s seeing.
Image Recognition is one of the most interesting uses of computer vision from an AI standpoint, it gives a machine the ability to interpret the input received through computer vision and categorize what it “sees.”