Image Search: Getting Better and Better
May 15, 2015
Image search means having software which can figure out from a digital photo that a cow is a cow. In more complex photos, the software identifies what it can. I recall one demonstration which recognized me as a 20 year old criminal. Close but no cigar.
I received an email from a former clandestine professional. The link provided informed me that Baidu was better at image recognition than the Google. The alleged error rate is 4.58 percent. I love the two decimal accuracy.
Not to be outdone, WolframAlpha is in the image recognition game as well. Navigate to “Wolfram Alpha Image Identification Identifies Steven Wolfram as Podium.” The write up points out:
Speaking of which, a picture of Steven Wolfram returned the answer ‘podium’. So no recognition for the creator. Unfortunately, it couldn’t identify a map of France at all and just came back with a big question mark. Sorry, France.
You can try the system at this page.
I uploaded the image of the cover of my new CyberOSINT study. The system returned this result:
My book cover is a a piece of electronic equipment that mixes two or more input signals to give a single output signal.
I did not know that. I thought it was a book cover with a blue hand.
Stephen E Arnold, May 15, 2015