Search by Image with Google, and 1982 Predictions for Technology

2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray]Every so often, the internet presents me with some sort of new technology that just makes me happy to live in a society capable of producing such a thing. Today’s wonder? Google’s search by image. You can drag any image into this little tool, and Google searches for information about the image. It’s like Google Goggles (the ability to take a picture and search for information about it online) without the picture taking. I suppose it’s just an easy step from that, but it still is cool enough that it makes me really excited. Here’s a video–check it out:

And in other news, here’s a link to a 1982 article by the New York Times that explored where technology would be by the end of the century. They got some of the specifics wrong, but as far as the broader implications of technology, they seemed to be pretty spot on to me. Makes me wonder where we’ll be in another 20 years.

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