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Google Claims Breakthrough in Image Search

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Humans may excel at pattern recognition, but computers aren't very smart at identifying images. Our brains can immediately identify photos of famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty or Great Wall of China, but computers are typically clueless without text tags as a cheat sheet. This may be changing, however, if a Google research project in "computer vision" pans out. The search giant Monday (June 22) presented a paper on landmark recognition at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Miami. The new technology allows computers to quickly I.D. images of more than 50,000 world landmarks with 80-percent accuracy, Google says.

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