Machine-learning algorithms are getting increasingly sophisticated in what they can recognize, and Google is demonstrating just how powerful its artificial intelligence can be with a new tool called 'Life Tags'. The system sorts through a database of over 4 million images, classifying them based on keywords and making that massive trove of photography easily searchable.
Life Tags gets its name from Life magazine, the famous publication that ran for over 70 years. During that time, the magazine commissioned millions of photos (although the majority of those never ended up in print). Life Tags pulls from the archives of Life, giving it an ample and varied pool of source images to categorize.
For those without inspiration, the homepage of the tool categorizes every keyword that the algorithm came up with into a sort of machine dictionary. Those looking for something specific can use the search bar at the top.
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