Knowledge has come a long way since the advent of the internet. In the time before broadband internet, most information flow was delayed by gatekeepers.
The Rise of the Internet
Newspapers decided what to print, editors decided what stories were most interesting, publishers decided what books were worthy of being released, and television reporting was (and continues) to be controlled by corporate interest. When the internet became a widespread resource, this old system of information flow was turned on its head.
However, the internet is not perfect. Not even close to perfect. In many parts of the world, governments have complete censorship over what the public sees.
The Internet is Still Controlled
In the United States, internet service providers (ISPs) have the final say over what kind of information you look for and what type of information you transfer. This problem is only exacerbated with the death of net neutrality, a topic worth discussing another time.
Search engines, such as Google, have full control over your search results. Simply put, Google’s search algorithms ultimately focus on providing monetary value, rather than the most accurate information.
There’s Still a Bright Future
Thankfully, progress continues to march forward with visual search. Users take pictures of interesting items and learn about them with visual search.
Visual search connects users across all walks of life through innovative solutions, including augmented reality, voice search, visual search, and more. Using high-tech image recognition technology, visual search gives users a way to discover virtually any type of information for whatever image they scan.