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What kind of dog is that? Microsoft photo tool will tell you

This photo submitted by Tudy Gilbert shows Molly, a Chihuahua, at Paws & Claws Pet Resort in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The what-dog app correctly identified Molly as a Chihuahua.  (Tudy Gilbert courtesy)
This photo submitted by Tudy Gilbert shows Molly, a Chihuahua, at Paws & Claws Pet Resort in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The what-dog app correctly identified Molly as a Chihuahua. (Tudy Gilbert courtesy)
By Matt Day Seattle Times

SEATTLE – Microsoft’s latest trick: analyzing a photo to identify the dog breed of your canine companion.

The tool, released on Thursday, lives at what-dog.net and comes as a Web app or download for devices running Apple’s iOS. It’s the latest in Microsoft’s campaign to advertise the potential of machine-learning research being done by a Microsoft Research group in Cambridge, U.K., and other engineers and researchers at the Seattle-area company.

Previous Internet-friendly efforts include apps that tried to peg your age, reviewed moustaches, and evaluated whether two people looked like twins.

The attention-seeking tools highlight the progress computer-science researchers are making in a key area of artificial intelligence. Computers are great at solving defined problems and making quick calculations, but identifying the content of images has proved a stumbling point for developing smarter software.

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