Never Gonna Computer Vision Project

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Introducing RICK: Saving the Internet from Rickroll

We get it. Rickrolling happens.

RICK Introduction

But what if, using the latest state of the art machine learning, you could build ways to detect and prevent you and your loved ones from ever being Rickrolled again?

We're thrilled to introduce RICK: Real-time Intrusion Checker Kernel, a state of the art advancement and foundation model in internet safety. RICK is capable of detecting the presence of Rick Astley in images and video, so that applications can be built to shield you from Rick Astley content (or amplify said content, should you choose 🙃).

Conceived on April 1, 2022 at 9:41 AM ET and hacked together in about 30min during Roboflow's Friday team lunch, RICK has undergone thorough development to address a pressing need in online safety.

RICK is trained on 1200 images of Rick Astley and non-Rick Astley content.

Read more about how and why we built RICK here.

Building with RICK

As an example of RICK's utility, the Roboflow team has built Rickblocker, an open source application that automatically mutes your computer and places a black box on Rick Astley's face whenever he is present in a YouTube video you may accidentally click.


Try RICK Yourself

RICK is fully hosted and free to use as an API or in-browser model. You can even confirm if you are not-rick by trying with your webcam.

Trained Model API

This project has a trained model available that you can try in your browser and use to get predictions via our Hosted Inference API and other deployment methods.

Cite this Project

If you use this dataset in a research paper, please cite it using the following BibTeX:

@misc{ never-gonna_dataset,
    title = { Never Gonna Dataset },
    type = { Open Source Dataset },
    author = { April Public },
    howpublished = { \url{ https://universe.roboflow.com/april-public-yibrz/never-gonna } },
    url = { https://universe.roboflow.com/april-public-yibrz/never-gonna },
    journal = { Roboflow Universe },
    publisher = { Roboflow },
    year = { 2023 },
    month = { sep },
    note = { visited on 2023-09-30 },


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