Google AIY Kits for Experimenting with Artificial Intelligence

We learn about Google’s AIY voice and vision kits at this year’s Maker Faire, and check out a few projects that make use of the kits’ artificial intelligence capabilities. The vision kit, in particular, impressed us with its ability to recognize objects, faces, and even emotions.

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2 thoughts on “Google AIY Kits for Experimenting with Artificial Intelligence

  1. Vision and sound kits are 89 and 49 ($US) respectively, not bad given what is included in each kit. I am curious about the ability of the sets to identify faces and items but I am more curious about the way the kit and Google describes the uncertainty in facial and voice recognition. To quote Adam, “Failure is always an option”. A recent article by researchers at MIT and Microsoft describe their tests of facial analysis services. Persons with lighter skin are more likely to be recognized compared to persons with darker skin. The error rate for the service to recognize men is lower than women. This technology is impressive but it has a long way to go in terms of minimizing error.

  2. good points, and i don’t think this system is transparent enough to shine any light on that kind of uncertainty

    google also specifically told us that they didn’t not allow for specific face recognition in AIY because of privacy concerns.

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