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Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

Friday, September 1, 2006
11 years ago16,379 views

images.google.com/imagelabeler

have fun

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Tony:
> Did you do what I did and just enter multiple labels before
> clicking the "Label" button?

Yup, exactly. I figured labels could be separated by blanks. This was my very first try...

> Also, if you've seen the same picture a few times

This is weird... I was figuring their image database was so gigantic you wouldn't see the same image over and over.

-TD- [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

Exactly, I have had rubbish partners in the last 10 or so rounds :(

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Search Engine Watch has a statement from Luis van Ahn:

"Yes, Image Labeler is based on my ESP Game, which Google licensed. I'm not employed by Google, however, since I'm a full-time faculty member at Carnegie Mellon."
blog.searchenginewatch.com/blo ...

CarLBanks [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

This game is just way too fun! Google actually came up with a cool game and did you realize it's kind of like charades?

-TD- [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

Argh, my S button is going all mashed now :(Im gonna have to sue Google now.

Stephen Christopher [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

You really need to mention the ESPGame in the article. It's been around awhile, and is really fun! Plus it's obviously the precursor to this idea.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

hey guys... are we sure that the system is actully finding a partner ??

in one instance, I saw it going thru the "finding partner" and then the image appeared with 3 "off limit" words already there.. this happend to me more then once.. am I playing a system at times ?? that is somebody else tags are being seeded and become "offlimts"!!

-TD- [PersonRank 4]

11 years ago #

Meh, the game has lost its appeal when your partner doesnt take part.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Like...

Rishi r [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

The size of the pictures need to be larger. In the current scenario, there are many pics that are impossible to identifty bcause they are so small.

/pd [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

like.. the other buggers just waits for the 1.30Min to die.. and does even type a keystroke.. this makes it a killer.. as the interaction goes thru 5 cycles and then your saying to yourself WTF did google do this time.. can't they hook me up with a better person ??

This comes to the fact that the "intention" and "attention" still needs to be harversted meaningfully.. I am pretty sure, someone mentioned above "dumb charades".. in fact that was exactly what happen with one particpant.. s/he type one word this come to the "offlimit" then I typed and then it like within 3 words we wanted a pass.. both of us carried on like this.. this was great.. both econonmies were getting fullfied..

however I had a dumb person who did nothing.. twice.. and thas a kill joy!! :(-

  

Andrew Hitchcock [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

For that one image, I usually say industrial.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

/pd said:

<< am I playing a system at times ?? >>

Have you watched the Tech Talk video? Luis says that the ESP Game sometimes pitches players against previous player's moves, so it's possible you're not always playing against a real partner!

He also has some clever ways to stop cheating (or googlebombing).

It really does sound like Luis thought of everything!

/pd [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

no – I have not watched the video.. just that my gut insticts kicked in.. and I had to pop the questions :)-

thanks for the clarifications..hehehe..my alpha waves still seem to be working!!

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

/pd – Watch the video... Seriously! I thought, "50 mins long – no way am I watching all that!" And now I'm into the last 10 mins (Q&A session)... :-)

Ludwik Trammer [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Yeah, the video is really great. I'm impressed. There are a lot of details, and other games like this are described. Philipp, why don't you make a post with the most important points of this video? I think it's extremely interesting.

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I just keep Notepad open, copy link location, paste it into Notepad, and that usually tells you the answer.

WAL-A!

Stephen [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Does anyone think this could be some R&D for that photo recognition company they just bought? Say after this trial is over they pick the top 20 photo's labeled portrait. Then tell the program to analyze the shape of them and say if anyone searches for portrait this is the shape you are looking for.

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

It's probably something like that, yeah.

ijosha [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Y'all might want to try this other Google image guessing game
grant.robinson.name/projects/g ...
I like it a lot.

Andrew Hitchcock [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I'm in the top 100 now :). It is a fun thing to do while listening to music and to help with typing accuracy.

However, the interface is kinda a slow in Safari and sometimes it'll miss me hitting enter (and instead it moves the cursor to the beginning of the text field). I wish they made the interface faster, because that is what is slowing me down for some of them :).

Also, the last game I played I saw someone I recognized. I was going through and saw a couple with the man holding a newborn baby. I almost immediately recognized him as Bharat Mediratta. He is the guy that founded Gallery (a PHP image gallery) and is now working at Google, IIRC.

Andrew Hitchcock [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

BTW, the performance with Firefox was much better than with Safari. That could have been because I was playing at an odd hour, though.

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Garetts got some interesting takes on the direction of the image label game. I'm really excited to see of the peekabom game comes out (from Google) :D

Link:
blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=313
peekaboom.org/

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Ok, I just finished watching the entire video by Dr. Luis von Ahn, and happend to notice two breaks in the movie. One @ ~43:30 and another @ ~44:10. These two cuts where during the Q&A, got me wondering what Google cut out. Briliant speach and facinating approach to using human computation. (you tell I watched it by that phrase :)

LeBain [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Here's how to win: Everybody label everything asdf

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Lebain, If you watch the video Dr. Ahn explains how the game prevents this kind of abuse.

Basicly (in very lamen terms), during each game, you get a control image, an image where the commen labels are known. If both people answer some off the wall thing, it won't store the answer. The other way it prevents abuse is that some times your actually playing a single player game, where the moves and answers are prerecorded, having the user verify labels. The presentation is just under 40 min with about 11 mins of Q&A afterwards. If you have the time, this is a great video to watch (ps. Dr. Ahn is pretty funny, in a engineering sort of way :)

Homunkel [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

They should not allow guest and they bring those "players" together who work well with each other ...

zmarties [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Confirmed, Bharat Mediratta is working at Google...

see mediratta.net/

where a recent post mentions that he's working in the Google Manhattan office

moquist [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Google needs a "lame partner" button so you can ditch people who stink.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

(Just an update for those that might be interested...)

"Google Image Labeler" was previously known as "Google Guess" which I discovered in their sandbox.

Create Account:
sandbox.google.com/accounts/Cr ...

New Account:
sandbox.google.com/accounts/Ne ...

Login:
www.google.com/accounts/Login? ...

ServiceLogin:
www.google.com/accounts/Servic ...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[Moved from "google image labler" – Tony]

I'm not sure if this has been covered or is even worth mentioning, but i'm sure you all know about google image labler – images.google.com/imagelabeler ... but have you seen this video from google? video.google.com/videoplay?doc ... so, i guess this is where the idea came from, but why aren't these looked at or referenced to often when investigating google? here's more videos from google – ttp://video.google.com/videosearch?q=type%3Agoogle

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[Moved from "google image labler" – Tony]

What have captchas got to do with image labeler?

Mambo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[Moved from "google image labler" – Tony]

Okay, sorry, I haven't watched it enough yet.

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[Moved from "google image labler" – Tony]

yeah they go on to mention using it for things like image labeling

DPic [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[Moved from "google image labler" – Tony]

has anyone else found anything valuable from google's tachtalks?

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