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Computer Vision: Why It Matters

October 30, 2019

What is Computer Vision?

As early as the 1960’s, computer scientists have been trying to give machines the ability to “see” as humans do. The field of computer science of emulating human vision using artificial intelligence and neural networks is called “computer vision”. Not only have scientists succeeded in recreating vision, they have also in many cases surpassed our natural human capabilities. Computer vision is now much more competent at recognizing patterns such as image recognition of CT scans, facial recognition and surveillance to name a few examples.


Why it Matters?

Some travelers may have already noticed the transition from manual passport checkers to automated facial recognition devices. Biometric security is quickly taking over airports around the world, increasing the speed and efficiency of border control. There are many other industries being impacted by computer vision innovation, another that is getting a lot of play right now is self-driving vehicles. Autonomous vehicles need to be able to identify obstacles, other vehicles, signs and make critical decisions in real time on the road. The manufacturing industry has seen a massive overhaul due to computer vision, as factories make the transition from manned stations to automated robots. The ability to automatically inspect the production line, and search for products and defects can save an immense amount of capital.


What’s Next?

The Computer vision market is projected to be worth $48 billion USD by 2023. The global computer vision market is growing in momentum with many new use-cases for the technology being innovated, with breakthroughs in healthcare, automotive, security, entertainment, agriculture and more. For more on how computer vision is being used to better the future in the realm of first responders, military and industrial uses take a tour on our website.



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