Google Inc (GOOGL) and Facebook Inc (FB) Face-off With Neural Networks


The search engine giant Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and social media giant Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) are at logger heads as both are using artificial intelligence to create images. Until now, computers had simply to recognize images but now they are made to create them, artificially. Both the tech firms are using neural networks or computer vision to create pictures based on its understanding of what the object looks like. This is an extremely awe striking news as both companies are trying to outdo humans capabilities, at least in the image creation field.

The approach used by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is that of utilizing two such networks to produce images, albeit as thumbnails. Based on a random vector, the first algorithm creates a picture. The second algorithm checks the created image for realistic objects. If the image is fake-looking, it is rejected and a new image is created. The process is repeated until a real-looking image is created. As of now, the results have been stunning as at least 40 percent of the images thus produced were able to fool the human viewers. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is very excited with the results as the statistics show that further refinements would definitely make the images more realistic.

On the other hand, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is working differently. The search engine giant is not looking for realism but is letting the neural networks create images with elements that it finds imminent for the image. So, it is like letting the machine think and choose the aspects that are necessary with an image. For example, if the network is given an image of the sky, it might think it to have birds. The network would continue amplifying the images, until avian traits are visual.

Speaking on the issue, the researchers and critics are of the view that while the approaches adopted by both the tech firms are promising and creating a new line of image production, they are nowhere near to replacing human artists. Real-life images and photos created by artists and photographers are here to stay. Nevertheless, images thus created by neural networks can be simply viewed and enjoyed as of now.

Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah has completed M.Com (Finance) and is currently pursuing his CFP. He tracks US markets along with other global markets like India very closely. He is very passionate about stocks, real estate, and technology. He also believes that money can always be made in the market.

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