New Technology Could Revolutionise The Search For Internet Porn

When you search for "work related" videos on the internet, the results are normally limited to the title or tag given to any uploaded clip. What if computers could recognise specific human interactions? Would they get embarrassed?

A new method developed by the Oxford University team of developed by an Oxford University team including Alonso Patron-Perez, Dr Ian Reid, Dr Marcin Marszalek, and Professor Andrew Zisserman does exactly that: It teaches computers to recognise human interactions such as shaking hands, hugging and kissing, all of which naturally lead to heavy petting.

"Human actions and activities are of central importance in video analysis," said Alonso Patron-Perez of Oxford University's Department of Engineering Science, who led the research. "This new work makes it possible to recognise two-person human interactions, such as hugs, kisses and hand-shakes, automatically. Once you can recognise these interactions the applications are numerous: for instance you could automatically search home videos and YouTube for kisses and handshakes or even fast forward CCTV to find incidents."

The new method, built on algorithms from computer vision and machine learning, uses visual cues to determine A: If humans are present in the scene and B: What they are doing.

So far the team has focused on four types of interactions: handshakes, high-fives, hugs and kisses, but you know it's only a matter of time before your computer starts sorting your pornography by sexual position.

I'm sure there are plenty of scientifically sound, non-pornography uses for this technology, but I'll be damned if I can think of any right now.

Mistletoe hugs, kisses spotted by computer (w/ Video) [Physorg.com]


Comments

    "for instance you could automatically search YouTube for kisses and handshakes"

    ...why?

    Interesting tech, but I don't see it being all that useful.

      What about searching the vast porn library that is the tinternets for particular fetishes? In that respect I can see it not only being useful but changing the way people look for porn.

      It would also be handy when looking for reference footage (as an animator).

    "It teaches computers to recognise human interactions such as shaking hands, hugging and kissing, all of which naturally lead to heavy petting."

    Shaking hands naturally leads to heavy petting? Their handshaking technique must differ quite drastically from mine!

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