Ibm Wants To Soup Up Image Finding

IMAGES ARE EXPLODING ON PERSONAL COMPUTERS, thanks to on-line shopping, MTV clips, and educational CD-ROMs. Unlike numbers and words, however, pictures are devilishly difficult to locate in databases. Consumers can browse through electronic catalogs that include product photos. But they can search only by using database queries and keywords, such as "apparel" or "appliance." Try calling up suits in a particular shade or pattern, and the system will draw a blank.

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