Vision AI is just as stupid as real people. This isn’t a crowd of people at a concert

Nov 6, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Vision AI is just as stupid as real people. This isn’t a crowd of people at a concert

Nov 6, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It’s always funny the things we see in images that aren’t really there. Like probably most of you who saw this come up as a preview on social media, I thought this was a crowd at a concert on first glance. But no, it’s not, it’s a field of cotton about to be mowed down by machines at night.

Don’t feel too bad, though. It turns out that Google’s Vision AI also thought it was a rock concert, too.

The image was originally posted a week ago to the Instagram feed of photographer Micah Horn. He’s the one who created it, although it hasn’t seen a massive amount of love over on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba2k-HclBz4/

It was spotted and reposted to Twitter, by PhotoSonny, and it’s been messing with peoples heads every since.

Even those who are experts at mind manipulation were impressed. Andy Nyman works with the amazing Derren Brown.

And, yes, even Google Cloud Vision API got confused. So, either the machines are stupid, or the people training them are.

Not everybody was fooled, though. This gentleman’s wife certainly wasn’t.

Although plenty were.

https://twitter.com/Dave_Cochran/status/927376752074219521

https://twitter.com/scratchedcornea/status/927397572783742977

Funny thing is, once you know what it really is, you can’t see that crowd again. No matter how hard you try.

Did you spot what it really was straight away? Or was there a moment where you thought it was a crowd at a concert?

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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10 responses to “Vision AI is just as stupid as real people. This isn’t a crowd of people at a concert”

  1. Gabe Gargiulo Avatar
    Gabe Gargiulo

    A field of plants at night.

  2. Dus Ro Avatar
    Dus Ro

    no, my brain did not tell me it is a concert.. some brains may have told that because of the title. sorry.

  3. Meng Tian Avatar
    Meng Tian

    AI as stupid as people
    Sounds like a praise to AI developers, or? ^^

  4. Laurie McKay Avatar
    Laurie McKay

    Absolutely

  5. Jimmi Tofthøj Avatar
    Jimmi Tofthøj

    Harvesters harvesting cotton, right ?

  6. Truly Gamers Avatar
    Truly Gamers

    It tricked me for a second because someone wrote concert in picture title on another post so yes it can trick someone if he don’t pay attention and just scroll quickly. But as soon as i looked over second on picture i realized what it is.

  7. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    I blame social media and all friends and relatives going to awesome concerts I can’t afford to go.
    In a sense though, there’s a catchy description for an upcoming rock concert… we’re gonna mow you down like huge harversters down a cotton field at night!

  8. Rona E Philpott Avatar
    Rona E Philpott

    Cotton pickers – we live next to quite a few cotton fields being picked now.

  9. Anthony Kerstens Avatar
    Anthony Kerstens

    All those concert goers seem to have more hair than I do!!!

  10. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    Deere. John Deere.