google opens new psychiatric evaluation service

October 15th, 2006

In an effort to improve the Google Image Search database, google has opened another beta site: Google Image Labeler. It’s a slightly bizarre site where you are partnered up with an anonymous “person” on google and are each presented with the same image. You then have to enter in a list of text descriptions for that image, and if you and your partner come up with the same description string, it’s accepted and you both move onto the next image. This continues for 90 seconds, then ends.

The result is kind of strange; the only answers that match right off the bat are usually generic… things like “man”, “woman”, “tree” etc., I’m not convinced that this will actually help the database. Also, the images are kind of small and for some of them, that really impedes the labeling process. At the end you are provided a link to the index cache where you can see where the images actually came from, at which point, you can see a full-size version.

It is, however, much like being given a ink-blot test, and I’ve found that it’s oddly addictive.

3 Responses to “google opens new psychiatric evaluation service”

  1. morefiles says:

    I too enjoy the “being” the engine in seach engine … I think they make the pictures blurry on purpose. I also propose that they’d use more than 2 people – to see if a tag was valid

  2. Carrie says:

    Oh my goodness that’s addictive. You’ll never hear another peep out of me.

  3. Carrie says:

    Geek out! I have proven my p0w3rz as blink!