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10/11/2004 Archived Entry: "WhatTheFont?!"
Posted by CKL @ 04:16 PM PST

Web toy of the moment: WhatTheFont accepts an image uploaded from your computer or a URL to a server-side image, does some edge detection and color separation, asks you to perform the OCR, and then attempts to identify the font that was used for the text in your image. Pretty cool. How long before this technology defeats CAPTCHAs, I wonder?

On a tangent, the topic of machine vision figured briefly in Astro Teller's Exegesis, a novel written as a series of email correspondences. Nothing really groundbreaking, and some of the technical details are pretty dated now, but still worth a look if you're into AI fiction.

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