Microsoft's photo innovation will point to us

Microsoft's Chinese lab has come up with a search service based on camera-phone pictures. Pondering Primate writes,
Stephen Baker

Microsoft's Chinese lab has come up with a search service based on camera-phone pictures. Pondering Primate writes, "The camera on your mobile phone is your "mouse" and every physical object has, or will become, a physical world hyperlink, Phase 2 of the Internet begins."

I suspect the commercial service will start as slow and unsatisfying. Microsoft will recognize only the pictures it holds in its own archives. But think about the intelligence possibilities for this technology. As police forces around the world amass digital libraries of criminal suspects, technology will match them to pictures pouring in from the world. Facial recognition software isn't yet up to this job. But it's getting there. And the police departments won't have to rely on informants with camera phones. They'll read images off of thousands of surveillance cameras, many of them already in place.