Saturday, August 5, 2017

Naver's "X-eye" will filter adult content from live broadcasts

Real quick here. You know, Naver has a lot of neat tech projects going behind the scenes. I read a bit about them but honestly most are too dull to write about here or just not of general interest to an English-speaking audience. But here was something that caught my eye.

Naver uses an AI technique called X-eye to filter adult content from image search results. Big deal, right? But in a recent blog post there was one paragraph that really caught me:

최근 이미지 필터링 관련해 이슈가 되고 있는 것 중 하나는 인터넷 방송에서의 음란 이미지 노출인데, 네이버 X-eye의 경우 증가하고 있는 개인 인터넷 방송 상의 음란물을 실시간으로 모니터링할 수 있다는 장점 또한 가지고 있습니다. X-eye는 곧 동영상 컨텐츠에도 적용될 예정인데, 그렇게 되면 영상의 각 프레임들을 추출해 이미지와 동일한 방식으로 실시간 모니터링이 가능해지게 됩니다.
AI를 활용한 실시간 성인이미지 필터링 시스템, 네이버 X-eye

So, this tech can process live video streams (internet broadcasts), checking frames for nudity exposure, and then block the feed (차단하다) if it goes into over-19 territory. That's pretty impressive tech. Definitely has some censorship and false-alarm sticking points, but imagine the possibilities of this kind of tech:
  • Parent monitoring software, to ensure your teen daughter's videochats with her boyfriend don't get too steamy.
  • CCTV live monitoring. Imagine training the AI to recognize dangerous objects like knives. Still shots could be relayed to precincts and officers dispatched potentially in time to prevent murders like this or even this
  • Scanning Facebook Live streams for people crying, who may be in need of help. 
I don't know, just blue sky thinking through this, but I wouldn't be surprised if these kinds of things become the norm soon. 

By the way, the system would still make use of a  human 검수자 (quality control inspector) to examine image stills flagged by the AI as potentially containing nudity to make a human determination. I can think of a few guys I know who would be perfect for a job like that. 

Update: Oops, apparently this isn't exclusive news. Just realized it was also posted on Pulse News a few days ago: Naver applies AI technology to filter obscene images online - Pulse by Maeil Business News Korea

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