Researchers at the UC San Diego have put Google's "Sets" widget to good use by giving computers the ability to identify objects by context.
Google's free widgets have been used in many applications other than those Google initially anticipated. For example, some organizations use Google Maps to pinpoint locations of certain buildings relating to that group's business. Even Google has applied mapping applications like Picasa to identify the location of the setting of a user's digital photo. Then there are the more advanced applications such as giving a computer the ability to identify objects in a picture based on context.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, Los Angeles announced a breakthrough of "common sense" by creating an algorithm that uses a not-so-used Google widget called Google Sets. For those unfamiliar with Google Sets, the web application accepts up to 5 words by default. These words can be as related or unrelated as the user would like them to be. When the user clicks either "Large Set" (which returns greater than 15 items) or "Small Set" (which returns 15 items or fewer) Google Sets will produce a page of results with words that can relate to a combination of the words submitted by the user.
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