A computer sees a masterpiece

Uncompromisingly, I showed Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” to Google Cloud Vision API and, for my surprise, its computer vision algorithm “saw” an interesting aspect I guess most human eyes wouldn’t notice. The Cloud Vision API landscape feature, which detects popular natural and man-made structures within an image, printed out a bounding box along with the tag National Congress of Brazil in a specific area of the painting. Apparently, our Congress is a fright to the machine’s eyes.

Note: The Cloud Vision API doesn’t detect the National Congress of Brazil in all images of “The Scream” available on the web. The image I used was from this page.

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