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Robot Solves 'Where's Waldo?' Books, But It'll Never Know Why Is Waldo

The machine arm can find our striped spectacled friend in just seconds.

In the latest edition of things no one asked robots to do for us, creative agency Redpepper created a device that takes all the fun out of the beloved “Where’s Waldo?” children’s puzzle books.

The machine, called There’s Waldo, finds the candy-cane-striped gentleman in just seconds using Google’s Cloud AutoML and AI image recognition technology. But what possible applications could this lead to, besides stopping humanity from being able to hide in crowds?

“Maybe a fun use would be seeing what cartoon character the AI thinks you look closest to? Maybe could detect comic book forgeries?” Redpepper’s chief technologist, Matt Reed, told The Verge.

All right, robots, so you found Waldo, but do you have any idea who Waldo is or why he’s here?

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