Posted on April 8, 2019 | Back to Showreel

Extreme Image Compression

Tags: technical | Paper

A natural thought would be that if we know a lot about the thing we’re trying to compress, we can do a better job. Standard compression algorithms are general-purpose, and as such, there is probably room to improve. This is the observation and work in this paper: They learn a compression function for a specific set of data, and they do really well! Probably not suitable for most of us, but you can be sure the big data storage providers will be working on these kinds of techniques into the future.

If we wanted to be trendy we could summarise this as “big data makes small data”.