It was reported recently that Google has received a patent for a technology that essentially can identity objects – any objects – by scanning and searching all tagged and untagged data.

The Daily Mail’s Mail Online brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Indexing the world: Google gets patent for software that can intelligently identify any object on the planet.” This technology is so human-like that I confess, it is a little unnerving. Humans hold a singular ability to identify based on visual clues referenced by history and facts. Up until now, computers tried, but were never able to achieve this task with skill.

The patent describes technology that can scan a video and then pick out landmarks, objects, and context,  helping it to tag and categorize the video. This will be interesting to watch as it evolves.

Melody K. Smith

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