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What makes a teapot a teapot? Is it the shape or size, its texture or function? As far as I know, there is no Theory of Teapots proscribing the criteria to be properly considered a teapot. And yet, I know a teapot when I see a teapot, even if it shares some characteristics of non-teapots, or is a teapot but also something else, like a teapot in the shape of R2D2 . This ability I have to imagine teapots that are not precisely teapots is what makes me, or really any human, vastly better than even the best visual recognition AIs. Computer vision is one of the most widely used applications of artificial intelligence today, powering everything from facial recognition software to autonomous veh... Full story

11 January