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Google releases massive visual databases for machine learning

This article was written by Richard Lawler. Richard's been tech obsessed since first laying hands on an Atari joystick. 
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Millions of images and YouTube videos, linked and tagged to teach computers what a spoon is.
It seems like we hear about a new breakthrough using machine learning nearly every day, but it's not easy. In order to fine-tune algorithms that recognize and predict patterns in data, you need to feed them massive amounts of already-tagged information to test and learn from. For researchers, that's where two recently-released archives from Google will come in. Joining other high-quality datasetsOpen Images and YouTube8-M provide millions of annotated links for researchers to train their processes on.

The Open Images set comes from a collaboration between Google, Carnegie Mellon and Cornell, with 9 million entries that were tagged by computers first before having those notes verified and corrected by humans. The Google Research team says it has enough images to train a neural network "from scratch," so if you'd like to try your hand at a DeepDream-style project, better version of Google Photos or the next Prisma then it's ready to go.
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