ADVERTISEMENT
See Inside July 2006

A Farewell to Keywords

The reigning obsession with search technology has elicited new ways of using images to track down information on the Web

A picture may be worth a kilo of words, but typing into Google Image the single word "rosebud" returns about 60,000 pictures.

The power of an individual keyword is both good and bad. It can find a virtual stack of Web pages. But it is unable to differentiate between the flower in bloom and legendary film director Orson Welles's scowl. Ideally, an Internet user should be able to use the likeness of a rose to tell a search engine to find others like it.

This is only a preview. Get the rest of this article now!

Select an option below:

Customer Sign In

*You must have purchased this issue or have a qualifying subscription to access this content


It has been identified that the institution you are trying to access this article from has institutional site license access to Scientific American on nature.com.
Click here to access this article in its entirety through site license access.

Rights & Permissions
Share this Article:

Comments

You must sign in or register as a ScientificAmerican.com member to submit a comment.
Scientific American Back To School

Back to School Sale!

12 Digital Issues + 4 Years of Archive Access just $19.99

Order Now >

X

Email this Article

X