Google’s Image Search

Finally the time has come where you can search for similar images on the internet. Just paste the url of the image, or upload an image from your computer to images.google.com, and google will do the searching for you.

I am always amazed at how someone could just code something like this out, considering each image is a collection of pixels with 3 values, red, green and blue. In a way, this is an exciting new beginning. Probably in the near future, searching a person’s face would net you his personal details like his name, facebook account and even his LinkedIn profile. This would go into improving robots capabilities.

Imagine a day you stand before a robotic personnel at Starbucks. Through the use of such technology, the robot recognizes who you are as a person. He knows your name, and your coffee purchase history (from your previous visits). He is then able to offer you suggestions on a new drink of a similar style, or even offer you some discounts since you have drank Starbucks consistently over the past 5 days. This day could come sooner than we imagine.

However at this moment in time, the image search capabilities are rather mild. I tested it using a photo I had taken of two people standing on green grass. The results returned were other people on green grass. I suppose they can only recognize the grass aspect and not photos of the same human beings.

That said, have you all realized that Facebook would automatically group faces in new photos together, so you only need to confirm the person’s name once and all subsequent photos of him are labelled at the same time? Technology is indeed amazing and I feel that I can’t catch up. I wonder where all these smart people come from; somehow, I know they are not from Singapore. Which is why I would agree that we do not have talents here.

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