On the other hand, it will take a very, very long time until, for example, a computer beats a human in visual recognition. Because that's what the human brain can do with perfection.
I thought the NSA has made great strides in facial recognition software that can scan crowds for terror suspects which also concerns privacy rights advocates?
Facial Recognition software NSA is working on
Face detection is coming along, and face recognition is just a standard machine learning problem once you've detected the face.
The ability to recognize specific *types* of things is eminently doable with enough training data. The ability to generalize that to recognizing anything
you've seen before, or figure out the purpose of something you haven't seen before, is still a bit beyond current technology.