I had read once before about Riya photo software from Ojos. The software uses facial recognition software to let you quickly tag your photo collection automatically. Obviously you have to train it like you would a speech to text software package, but once done you should be good to go.
This would be a great little software package to me, and the $0.00 price tag doesn’t hurt either. The only problem for me is that it’s web-based. This gives me problems for two reasons.
- I don’t want to have to take the time to upload 1000’s of high-quality photos to their website for the software to work.
- I don’t want a website to have 1000’s of my photos that I’ve tagged with the ability to identify them and have all the information sitting out there on a server somewhere.
Regarding the first challenge, if you’re like me you have a butt-load (what exactly is a butt-load? what is it equivalent too? Is it like 50 bushels and pecks?) of photos, most of which are still in there original 5-megapixel file size format. If the software was proven to work well, I’d be willing t pay to actually have the software installed locally on my machine and have some of private encrpytion key provided as well.
I’m not normally a conspiracy theorist or “the-sky-is-falling” type of person, but it just makes me think this is a great little way for a private institution or the government even to begin collecting this information to use in too many “big-brother” type of ways.
Although I’m not sure if I want Google to gather even more information about me and now my family and friends, I’d be more apt to try something like this if they just upgraded Picasa to be able to do it instead.