Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky…

January 26, 2009

…but such a clever idea.

Google has invented a game to get people to label images with useable metadata. (Worth mentioning: the reason why google image search isn’t as good as regular google is that regular google searches text content – and images, well, they don’t have any.)

The game is this: you and another player are given a set of images, and you guess tags that you think the other person might use. When you both use the same tag (e.g. it’s a picture of a tree, and you both say ‘tree’), you get a new image. The agreed tag is added to the google database. Neat, isn’t it?

http://images.google.com/imagelabeler/

Unfortunately (predictably) some players are using the game to see how many pictures they can get tagged with a racial epithet. Yes, that one. You have been warned. 

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