Since 1892, many thousands of people have struggled to decide whether the image is a duck or a rabbit. Results are about 50/50, with viewers seeing either a duck or a rabbit (sometimes in quick succession) – but not both at the same time.
Scroll-on to 2021 – how will cutting-edge AI image recognition see the image?
Experiment : The famous Duck/Rabbit image was uploaded to Google Cloud’s Vision API, which, they say :
“[…[ offers powerful pre-trained machine learning models through REST and RPC APIs.“
And can :
“Assign labels to images and quickly classify them into millions of predefined categories. Detect objects and faces, read printed and handwritten text, and build valuable metadata into your image catalog.”
• 95% confident it’s a bird
• 80% confident it’s a waterfowl
• 73% confident it’s a duck
Rabbit was, however, 100% absent.
From which conclusions may, or may not, be drawn.
Research research by Martin Gardiner