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September 2, 2006

How Google Image Search Might Look

Google started to use a game similar to The ESP Game to improve its image search engine. The addictive tool lets people contribute with valuable information and tag the millions of images from Google's index.

So how will Google Image Search look if Google uses the keywords obtained from the game? Here's ESP Image Search, a search engine based on the data from The ESP Game. Unfortunately, this search engine has a small index (around 30,000 images).

So, let's compare.

Image search for "China" on Google:

Image search for "China" on ESP:

The search engines have different sets of pictures and ESP shows the results randomly. However, it has better results.


  1. Based on the screenshots you showed us, how is the ESP Game any better? So what instead of maps of china it showed objects that are in china....big deal.

  2. Yes,

    I think the results aren't better. Till now I am very pleased with google images results.

    You search for china and you get a cup of tea, or some strange letters :)

  3. What are you talking about? Of course, the results from the second screenshot are better. Google shows 5 maps in the first 8 results. When I search for "China", I want things related to China, not maps.

    So Google shows 3/8 (1, 4, 7) relevant results, while ESP shows at least 6/8 (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8) relevant results. Also keep in mind that ESP has a very limited database and the results are in random order.