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posted by janrinok on Wednesday January 10 2018, @04:34PM   Printer-friendly
from the do-you-see-what-I-see? dept.

Image recognition technology may be sophisticated, but it is also easily duped. Researchers have fooled algorithms into confusing two skiers for a dog, a baseball for espresso, and a turtle for a rifle. But a new method of deceiving the machines is simple and far-reaching, involving just a humble sticker.

Google researchers developed a psychedelic sticker that, when placed in an unrelated image, tricks deep learning systems into classifying the image as a toaster. According to a recently submitted research paper about the attack, this adversarial patch is "scene-independent," meaning someone could deploy it "without prior knowledge of the lighting conditions, camera angle, type of classifier being attacked, or even the other items within the scene." It's also easily accessible, given it can be shared and printed from the internet.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by HiThere on Wednesday January 10 2018, @06:24PM

    by HiThere (866) on Wednesday January 10 2018, @06:24PM (#620553) Journal

    You know, that patch *does* sort of look like a toaster. Probably the bright colors are so that the patch is what will be examined for "what is that?" rather than the banana that's next to it.

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