Wired News: Search Looks at the Big Picture
"A group of European researchers is developing technology that could vastly improve image searching by identifying the components of an image. The group, which includes the Xerox Research Centre Europe and universities in France, England, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland, has developed software that can recognize everyday objects in digital images."
This could cut down bad searches based on erroneaous metadata - bad tag descriptions - written by people trying to draw traffic to their site.
Being an image junky, this appeals to me. I prefer stories and information illustrated with images anyway.