Tag: visual recognition

What Makes a Paris Street Parisian? This Program Knows

By Sophie Bushwick | August 9, 2012 11:54 am

Paris
The particular street signs, windows, and balconies on this street mark it as Parisian.

Paris, the city of light, is instantly recognizable—as long as you’re looking at a photo of the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. But could you recognize the city if the picture lacked a flashy landmark? (Try testing yourself here—just don’t look at the text on signs.)

If you find yourself stumped, know that a new software program has you beat: it can identify a city from a single photo of any old street. Almost any street, the program’s designers found, has little details that give away its city, including distinctive street signs, windows, and balconies.

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