posted at 07:51
Author: Tom Cheredar
Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:30:57 +0000
Big video data could change how we do everything
Everyone takes pictures and video with their devices. With vast amounts of video growing vaster at a rate faster than the day before, and the hottest devices like drones decreasing in price and size until everyone has one it's time to start talking about mining this mass of valuable video data for useful purposes. A Skybox satellite might photograph or video a particular city several times per day, not for the static or moving imagery, but for the data gathered in each frame of each image. Mining video data through "Man + machine" artificial intelligence is new technology in search of unsolved problems. Today, hundreds of trained "Eyes" safely located here in the U.S. watch hours of video from a single drone to assess current situations in countries far away. Google is interested in satellites in space, taking constant video of earth, and Facebook and Amazon are interested in drones, to be used for a myriad of reasons, from imaging, to package delivery, to wireless Internet delivery in rural areas, and more. Two years ago, the police needed hundreds of detectives and hours to cull through massive amounts of surveillance video taken around the scene of the bombing at the Boston Marathon to assemble the clues that ultimately located and caught the bombers. Sean Varah, founder and chief executive of MotionDSP, a company that makes advanced image processing and video analytics software.

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