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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A glimpse of the future

Simon Wharton of PushON has kindly given an overview of the Manchester Digital event: Search - what next?

Presentations by Google, Microsoft, University of Manchester and Hitwise among others gave an insight into the rapid changes taking place.

Amongst the things that impressed is image recognition service from Microsoft. If you have a photo of somewhere you cannot identify, then the software can recognise key features by comparing with similar images and it gives you the location and background information.

Simon gives an overview of the talks, although he struggles to get all points down (not a criticism) as the areas covered really demanded more than a day and not an afternoon. Still, let's hope more more of this type of event comes to Manchester.


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