How Google cracked house number identification in Street View

This post from the MIT Technology Review discusses how Google used deep learning to recognize houses numbers and make Street View more useful (the research paper it cites is here). It’s just the latest example of applied deep learning from Google, which already uses the technique to power speech recognition on Android phones and image recognition in Google+. And, as we’ve been noting for the past few months, other web companies are now getting on board, applying various forms of machine learning to take advantage of the immeasurable volumes of images and text they’ve accumulated over the years.