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October 21, 2008

DARPA Builds Video Database To Be Analyzed By Computers

The federal government, DARPA specifically, is going to build a database of surveillance footage where computers can do the initial analysis and tagging.  Biometrics will not be part of the organizing features of the collection.  Rather, tagging videos will cover activities such as jumping a fence, climbing under cars, or other common yet suspicious events.  DARPA has discovered something that we all know:  we are awash in media and human tagging takes up too much time.  This is true even for an organization that has tremendous human resources at its disposal.  Welcome to the real world, DARPA.  And Viacom wonders why Google can't screen YouTube for copyright violations.

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