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The annual ImageNet computer vision competition took place in August, and once again the winning techniques blew away past winners. John Markoff at the New York Times published a piece on competition and some of those improvements last month. On Friday, Google published a blog post highlighting the techniques — including, of course, deep learning networks — a team of its researchers used to achieve top score in a few different categories. Vision is only a piece of the puzzle for things like robots and driverless cars, but it’s a major component of nearer-term advances such as visual search engines.