Polar Rose Finds Faces in the e-Crowd

The Scandinavian company's recognition technology could make Web image searches a lot more effective

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when you use words to search for pictures on the Internet, the result is often worthless. Try looking on Google Images for, say, photos of your kids. Entering my daughter's name returned a group shot of some hockey players and a snap of a burly bear. Querying the name of a female colleague yielded images of Dick Cheney, a UFO, and a fat Buddha. (Fortunately, my office mate had the good humor to find it hilarious.)

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