Aug 27, 2013

Really, Google?

Did you know that you if you have an image file, you can upload it to Google image search and Google will find the various websites that have that image?  Google can also search for visually similar images.  If it finds the exact same image, Google can also show you the image in all the various sizes that it has been published to the Internet.

My first thought is how cool this search feature is...but also somewhat funny, in my opinion. The other day, I found this caterpillar on the tire of my car and decided to take a picture of it. I was curious to find out what kind of insect it would become. So I uploaded the image to Google image search.  Here's the picture I took:

 Perhaps I should've cropped out the background with my tire showing because that must've really thrown off Google's search engines.  Instead of pictures of other similar caterpillars (which I figured would lead me to the type of insect it was) I got these:

An aerial view of Mount Fuji?!!!

The Callenburg Castle in Germany

Some long-haired kid's yearbook picture...

 A rip in someone's denim pants...

  An extreme close up of a hook bill bird.

An angry shark

I had to ask myself, "Really, Google?  Is that as close as you can get to my caterpillar?"  That leads me to my second thought - it's true what they say about computers.  They're only as smart as what you put into them.  Or, the answers they provide are only limited to what humans load into them.  If computers were really smarter than humans, then why couldn't it figure out I wanted to know the type of caterpillar this was.  Right?

Nonetheless, I still don't have the answer I needed.  Guess I'm going to have to visit the library and see if I can find a matching picture in one of their encyclopedias.  Oh well!!!  (゜レ゜)

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