Wouldn’t it be nice if software could identify the contents of a digital image or video? The potential uses are endless — security, photo library searches, and publishing; just to name a few.

This interesting news was brought to our attention by KM World in their article, “Image recognition: A job for smart software or an average human.” This technology still seems like a science fiction fantasy and thought not yet attainable, they are getting closer.

According to Google Research’s Publications, there are more than 100 technical papers archived in the category Audio, Video and Image Processing. One such report suggested that Google’s experts were testing a taxonomy with more than 1,000 categories using “smart software” to figure out what a video is “about.” There are many other similar projects and it will be interesting to watch them develop.

Melody K. Smith       

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.