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by Mike Zazaian September 2, 2006 - 5:42pm, 3 Comments

Google has devised a new service called Google Image Labeler, a technique they’re using to improve the reliablility of their image search engine. Google Image Labeler The game, still in a beta version, pits you against another player, and for 90 seconds you type in words to describe a random image that appears on the screen. Whenever you and your “opponent” match a word, you each get points and move onto the next image.

Obviously this is the genius of Google that we’re all used to shining through, convincing others to improve their network and image search capabilities by turning what would otherwise be a mundane task and a waste of manpower for a Google employee into a game for anybody who happens to stumble upon it. As you can see by the site’s homepage, all-time leaders and avid image labellers such as first place ‘Moe Aboulkheir’ (118900pts.) and ‘mat’ (111800pts.) have unwittingly devoted themselves to helping Google realize their goal in this endeavor.