Monday, October 18, 2010

The difference between machine vision and human vision

This is a subject I’ve touched on a few times, because non-machine vision people always struggle to understand just how limited our automated systems are. Well if you find yourself having to explain to a Vice President why the very expensive vision system didn’t catch the glaring defect, “The science of optical illusions” published on the BBC website, October 17, 2010, should help.

There are some great examples that illustrate how we see with our mind rather than our eyes. Two of my favorites are the jungle scene (compares a monochrome with a color image,) and the cube illusion (demonstrates how our color perception is highly subjective.) In fact what this shows is that context is everything in interpreting the world around us. The article isn’t about machine vision but I think it shows that computers are a very long way from acquiring our visual capabilities.

Will they ever catch up? To be honest, I can’t see it happening for a very long time.

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