Improved image recognition for Google search

New Scientist reported that Google’s image recognition for search is about to make leaps forward.

Traditionally, it’s hard for a computer (or Google’s infamous ‘algorithm’) to ‘see’ or understand an image – especially when it needs to relate that back to a users search term. That’s why on the most part, image search relied almost solely on the text that accompanies the image.

But that’s all about to change.

"Now researchers at Google have combined image recognition with their ranking software to sort pictures according to their visual characteristics. The highest-ranked are those that have the most features in common with the whole set of images found for a particular search query," reports New Scientist.

Read the full image search article here.

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