Google: “We’re Still Cool.”

By  |  Monday, June 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Google has take a small step toward making it possible for computers to recognize landmarks in the physical world. Today, its researchers presented a paper at the Pattern Recognition (CVPR) conference in Miami, Florida that conceptualizes a technology to automatically tag locations within images.

It might not coincidental that Google is hyping its research not long after Microsoft launched its Bing “decision engine.” It needs to show that it is still the cool kid in the classroom.

A Google blog entry about the paper reads: “To be clear up front, this is a research paper, not a new Google product, but we still think it’s cool. For our demonstration, we begin with an unnamed, untagged picture of a landmark, enter its web address into the recognition engine, and poof — the computer identifies and names it: ‘Recognized Landmark: Acropolis, Athens, Greece.’ Thanks computer.”

When Bing earlier this month, the New York Post hysterically blustered about “fear gripping” Google, and co-founder Sergey Brin suposedly ordering “urgent upgrades” to its service. It is doubtful that fear is gripping Google, but Bing is snagging Google’s headlines.

Google’s research is just that– research. The company has not created any revolutionary process that is going to change the world anytime soon. What it’s doing is creating buzz, and it clearly wants to continue to be seen as the innovator of the search market.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. idaho beef Says:

    google’s only challenge in the upcoming months is whether or not the department of justice launches a full investigation of its alleged monopoly. in my opinion, google not only has a monopoly, but they use their monopolistic influence to help others. so, how bad can that really be?

  2. video production london Says:

    Yikes, the placemarks default to dragable & say they save when you move them. Fortunately re-doing the search resets them & it doesn’t seem to be affecting other users.

    The un-lettered placemark seems to be your hotel & moving it can re-plan the whole thing 🙂 Moving things your visiting around also appears to refresh subsequent suggestions

  3. gbideas Says:

    I’m searching for more content like you have in this posting. Couldn’t you make introduce a category for this kind of content? Right now, I can just click on “Bing”, “Google” or “Search Engines”. Couldn’t there be a category “stuff done with pictures”. They your blog might be the blog I’m searching for.

    As I just hinted at: I’m in search for a blog.

    Here is the blog post where I describe what content I search for in this blog:

    I want the blog to cover things like: content-aware fill, content-aware image resize, mosaic maker, automatic tagging and clustering, face recognition, PhotoSynth, PhotoCity, MS ICE, 3D from single 2D image, multi-image fusion, photo505 like services, animoto like services,