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Friday, January 4, 2013

Facial Recognition Search Being Tested

Posted by @ 9:50 am

You would be forgiven for believing that this is the latest experiment from search giant, Google. But, it is in fact the latest search engine extension launched by China’s most popular search engine, Baidu.

Baidu is reportedly working on a new image search feature that will centre on facial recognition to bring accurate results to searchers.

The new search engine will allow users to upload an image and then run an image search for that person based on the face. However, reports so far aren’t too promising. They indicate that the facial recognition feature works well for well-known celebrities, but not so well for the likes of you and I.

Baidu hopes the feature will be used for good. It already has a customized version powered by technology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Computing Technology, with the aim of finding missing people in China.

Google already has a similar feature called Search By Image, which has been available since 2011. Google also does have a feature in Google+ named “Find My Face” that helps users locate images of themselves, however the search giant has avoided implementing a facial recognition search engine because of the possibility that it could be misused. Chairman Eric Schmidt said last year that he is concerned about potential misuses of the technology and predicted that some companies would “cross the line.”

What do you think? Has Baidu crossed the line by launching such a “public” search function or is Google just behind the times?

Courtney Mills Courtney is an online marketing and communications specialist at ineedhits - a leading search engine marketing firm with over 16 years experience. Courtney has been living and breathing online marketing for over 5 years. She specializes in web and communication marketing, while providing news and opinion to online marketing communities.

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Discussion (1 - comment)

That is scary how fast search technology is moving. Baidu, even during the slowing Chinese economy and slowing of ad spending, still finding ways to push the limit of search technology. It could do some good but makes you wonder how much China will censor it in the future anyways.

By Operation Technology Marketing Agency - January 12, 2013

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