Wolfram launches online computer vision system

Stephen Wolfram, founder and chief executive of Wolfram Research, has recently launched a new component of the Wolfram Language for programming called ImageIdentify. Wolfram introduced a new website, accessible to the public, that demonstrates some of the language’s new capabilities.
The new site lets you upload images and get inferences and definitions in response. You can provide feedback, which should help it become more accurate. You can hit buttons like “Great!,” “Could be better,” “Missed the point,” and “What the heck?!” After you choose one, the service offers a few more guesses, and a text box where you can type in a tag. Then you can type in your email address, so it can tell you “when ImageIdentify learns more about your kind of image.”
The service uses a trendy type of artificial intelligence called deep learning. It draws on artificial neural networks, which train on a large quantity of information, like pictures, and then make inferences when you give it new information, like a new picture. Big web companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft use deep learning for various purposes, and increasingly smaller companies have been exposing deep learning tools for pretty much anyone to try out: