I really love it when things go mainstream that we talked about oh well 2.5 years ago at a Future Salon.
The ESP Game was developed by Luis von Ahn, a graduate student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon. He developed the game to try to help solve the problems associated with searching for images on the Web.
Currently, search engines use the names of image files and words around them to find images. Computers are not very good at distinguishing images from each other using visual cues. Humans, however, are great at this, and von Ahn’s game puts that power to work. While people entertain themselves, they are also helping to label the hundreds of thousands or more images on the Web, which will in turn make searching for images more efficient.II
I am a bit disappointed how few changes or additions they did:
- Where is autofill? It's a natural enhancement especially for bad spellers like me.
- I should be able to select a category: For example cars. Once selected I would get all the pictures that are labeleddd in the first round with car and as an enthusiast I would know it is for example a Citroen DS 1966
- How about showing country competitions? Of course only if you give Google that information. That would be sweet.
Oh may be in the next releases. So far it is just some Google look and feel difference, which is a bit disappointing. Where is your creativity Google? (via TechCrunch)