Graphic search Google, or "Cossack" is also a machine

After Google announced the new option “Image Search” , my joy knew no bounds. How many times, trying to identify a particular attraction in the photo, I regretted that you can’t just pass it on to the Internet, which, by scanning millions of images, will determine in a matter of seconds hu from hu and wot from wot. Now, it seemed, thanks to the omnipotent Google, dreams began to come true. But it was not there…

Firstly, among browsers, no one except Chrom was aware of the new feature. Moreover, access to the new service was not immediately possible. Chrome periodically refused to “see” it, it wasn’t always possible to get directly from the Google menu, and I had to use pens to hammer in the address bar (although I’m sure all these bugs will be fixed quickly if they aren’t already fixed).

I decided to try out the innovation in the photo of one exotic treecaptured on the coast of Spain. At one time, I unsuccessfully shoveled the entire network, trying to determine what species this tree belongs to. Hoping for the new features of Google, I dragged a photo into its search bar. The results, to put it mildly, disappointed me. As similar representatives of the tropical flora, Google offered me representatives of the automobile industry that were completely different from my tree. And this despite the fact that in the photo, where the intersection is partially visible, there is not a single car!


“Okay, a car enthusiast ... Get it!” I thought, throwing a photo of a beaten up, but quite recognizable “Cossack” in front of Google. Summing up nothing, the search engine gave me any kind of car in the results, except for the Cossack itself. Sometimes very flattering to the latter.


Then I had to significantly ease Google’s task and offer him something that “it’s impossible not to know at all!” Finally, the results could be called satisfactory. In addition to the images really similar to the original, Google also produced traditional text links matching (most likely) the graphic request. On this experiment, it was decided to complete in order to preserve the reputation of the beloved search engine in our eyes.


Conclusion:“Feeding” to a new search makes sense only in well-known images that are not endowed with special creativity. Also with a bang, the images already posted on the network are “recognized”, which is useful if you need a picture of better quality (higher resolution). Otherwise, dreams remain dreams. And the trees are still described by the immortal Kramarovsky “Vo!”.             

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