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imgtype=face · 2007-05-30

A new google feature that sparks suspition that the do-no-evil company heads towards online face recognition. Consider this:

http://images.google.com/images?q=nimitz
http://images.google.com/images?q=nimitz&imgtype=face

Well, er, I don't see the face recognition use case here. You'd normally have a name and look for the corresponding face. All the "face recognition engine" would have to do, is figure out if the candidate picture shows a face. It does not need to figure out what face it shows. Furthermore most of the pictures showing faces have the relevant information on who it shows somewhere written in the context. There is no proper face recognition involved yet. I cannot query "Guy who stole a bike at Luton main station last Wednesday" and then expect google to return a face and the corresponding name. It just doesn't work ... or maybe it does actually work already, then these would be the suspects. Then I cannot expect google to find faces for names that do not have the relevant information written somewhere in the context ... Not yet. By now it only seems to be a funny feature:

http://images.google.com/images?q=strauss&hl=de
http://images.google.com/images?q=strauss&imgtype=face&hl=de

Are there even funnier face queries?

(via Kantel)


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