According to a recent article in PC World, Google has purchased a photo search and image recognition software firm called Neven Vision, paving the way for the gathering of information from digital pictures for use in image recognition searches.
From the article —
Adrian Graham, Picasa product manager, announced the deal in an official Google blog posting today, saying that Neven Vision brings expertise on automatically obtaining information from a photo.
“It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo contains a person, or, one day, as complex as recognizing people, places, and objects. This technology just may make it a lot easier for you to organize and find the photos you care about,” Graham wrote.
These types of advances in free and public online web searches will eventually make paid people searches and information providers obsolete for the majority of personal and professional sleuthing.