Google starts Indexing Audio!
Google is getting ever closer to their goal “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” Google has developed arguably the best technology for indexing text, they have developed the idea of the Google Image Label which frankly proved to be rather addictive when i first came across it and now they are in the beta stages of developing technology to “listen” to audio in videos, convert whats said into text and then use their search technology to display the most relevant content.
Of course there’s a little snag, at the moment all videos must be uploaded to the Google owned video sharing site YouTube, and they are only indexing political videos and still with bugs in the conversion from speech to text which could prove difficult, for instance:
If you search for “Penis of my boss” http://labs.google.com/gaudi?q=%22penis%20of%20my%20boss%22&start=0&n…
If shows a video where instead the speaker actually says: “What I have learned from the pain of
my loss and from my journey…”
However this is something new, one day not so far in the future we can expect to be able to find videos not on tags or text around the video but words spoken by people in the video, and when mixed with Google’s advanced search technology this brings us ever closer to their goal… World domination… i mean to index the worlds content.
So will video without sound soon follow? will technology ever get that far? that a computer can “watch” a video AND understand what its about?
Hopefully soon this technology will open up to the whole of YouTube, so everyone’s videos will be able to be indexed using this, but is that a good thing? remember it is this very technology which means your home-made video of you and your friends with that clip of music to go with it is being taken down for copyright infringement… as with all things there’s the downside.
So take a look at this new technology and try it yourself! http://labs.google.com/gaudi