Google Image Labeler is an interesting way to pretty much completely waste some time. If you’re quick-witted and a fast typist, it’s also a great way to compete against an anonymous competitor to see who’s faster and quicker.
For two minutes you get to label as many images as you can with terms that describe each image. When you and your partner match descriptions, Google automatically moves you to the next image. You get points every time you match. (Those points and a couple of dollars will get you a cup of coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts).
I played for about 10 minutes this evening. I can definitely see this becoming an interesting diversion – one for which I have no time, and nothing to gain from playing this game (0ther than it being a diversion).
However, it’s certainly a great social engineering experiment. Google does not ask for personal information like age, gender or education level; but wouldn’t it be fascinating to correlate the image and matched keywords against any defining personal characteristics? That’s got to be on Google’s agenda. Coming up with ways to computerize the labeling of images certainly is.
Google Image Labeler should be banned from 9 to 5. This could be a real time waster during working hours.