Carnegie Mellon is using a different kind of engineering to improve image searches on the web – social engineering. Instead of writing fancy algorithms to catalog them JPEGs and GIFs, they are getting Internet users to label each image for them. How?? By making image labelling a game.
Brute force, inelegant, and quite brilliant. We’ve all heard of grid computing with PCs with idle CPU cycles – why not harness the minds of capable but bored Internet surfers?