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An object starts where another ends

Item number: 129
Item title: An object starts where another ends
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 2012
Entry of the item into the inventory: 29 March 2022

"It is often said that vision is effortless, but frequently the visual system is lazy and makes us believe that we understand something when in fact we don’t. In occasions we find ourselves among objects whose names and even functions we may not know but we do not seem to be bothered by this semantic blindness. However, this changes when we are labeling images as we are forced to segment and name all the objects. Suddenly, we are forced to see where our semantic blind-spot is. We become aware of gaps in our visual understanding of what is around us.

Since she started working with LabelMe, she has labeled more than 250,000 objects. Labeling more than 250,000 objects gives you a different perspective on the act of seeing. After a full day of labeling images, when you walk on the street or drive back home, you see the world in a different way. You see polygons outlining objects, you start thinking about what they are, and you are especially bothered by occlusions.

If an object is occluded it is because another is occluding it. I always label both objects making sure that the edges coincide. An object starts where another ends."

Adela Barriuso & Antonio Torralba, "Notes on Image Annotation" --> http://people.csail.mit.edu/torralba/publications/memories.pdf