Surveillance cameras are everywhere these days, from airports to banks and from stores to parking lots. But until now, their images needed to be viewed by humans. Not anymore. Computer scientists from the University of Rochester have developed a software which gives these cameras a rudimentary brain to keep an eye out for us.
But it's not an electronic 'Big Brother.' It will be trained to find guns in airports, but it also will be able to help people to find their car keys or their reading glasses. The system has already be licensed to a company involved in homeland security. This overview contains more details and references.
And keep in mind this is not completely brand new technology. Check for example this previous column from March 2003, "Recent Advances in Computer Vision".
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