Hello nerdz,

Being a fan of TED Talks, I found a really interesting one about AI and object recognition. Joseph Redmon is presenting in this show his work about the Darknet. It’s an open source C code which is an AI that can be trained to recognize any object, and it’s damn fast!

Here is a link to the TED talk about Darknet: Joseph Redmon TED talk

If you want a quick introduction, I recommend you read his webpage: YOLO Darknet

This is the fastest way to test it under Linux:

git clone https://github.com/pjreddie/darknet
cd darknet

This will compile the code on your machine. It can take a while depending on the device (my first test was on my Android).

The next step is to download the pre-trained “brain”:

wget https://pjreddie.com/media/files/yolo.weights

And now you can run a test:

./darknet detect cfg/yolo.cfg yolo.weights data/dog.jpg

The result should looks like this:

You can now follow his blog post and run the Darknet live with a webcam like in the TED presentation.

I think you will agree it’s pretty impressive and easy to configure without a complex setup.

Do you want to know more about AI’s, look at my post about TensorFlow.