The artificial intelligence that machines possess, today, is no comparison to human cognitive abilities. However, new frontiers in machine vision are gradually opening up.
FREMONT, CA: The potential of computers to master human cognitive capabilities have increased over the years. More recently, artificial intelligence has helped build smart machines that can pick up skills and carry out reasoning, planning, and problem-solving. Among all the cognitive capabilities, the one that has been the most difficult to replicate in machines is that of vision. However, there has been some progress in the technology of machine vision lately, sparking of exciting applications in several fields.
When compared with human capabilities to view objects and process them, computers are far behind. In spite, advancements in machine vision are in a race, thanks to technologies like deep learning. Processing capabilities, network speeds, and analytics techniques are advancing rapidly. As a result, computers are being able to access and extract several layers of data and combine them to recognize physical objects. Today, aspects like shapes, colors, and dimensions can be understood by computers equipped with machine vision.
Going forward, as researchers gain more insight into the computational capabilities of the human brain that enables visual processing, engineers will be able to design better machine vision algorithms. The industrial applications of machine vision are possible across several industries. With the current level of expertise, machine vision has found use in fields as varied as healthcare and agriculture. Some of the most endearing applications of machine vision can be seen in the manufacturing facilities. Industrial manufacturers are embracing robots. When robots are able to leverage machine vision, their functionality grows manifold. From ensuring precision in assembly lines to fostering quality standards, machine vision can contribute to manufacturing units in several ways.
Another industry that can make the most of machine vision is the security and surveillance industry. Using machine vision in surveillance devices would make security systems highly effective. The advances in edge computing also play a role in promoting the applications of machine vision in security solutions. In the near future, as machine vision inches closer to human vision capabilities, computers are expected to attain unimaginable powers.