Mm... no, i believe it's accessible from Glabs as well...
For i've seen it back in autumn, but can't remember how i got there.
Wanted to know how it works, for ours is a fairly image-oriented website, and it could ( have ) be(en) something that helped index our pics properly. But to be honest i just don't trust the decisions of random people ( no, not even pairs of random people ), naming the places, themes and subjects they most likely have never been to or seen, and all this based on a thumbnail sized version of a photo.
Sophisticated for stock photos and signs, covers in english perhaps, but it just isn't there yet... although gotta admit the *cough*vil genius behind this system ;)
Someone posted the video with the guy who "invented" this tool. He was basically aiming to draw bored people from browsing the web into an addictive game to help label pictures (for Google). Compared people and computers in their processing time for certain tasks like deciphering captchas or images in general, and had some argument about how with only one tenth ( hundredth...? ) of the time spent by playing solitaire every year worldwide, Google - or any other SE for that matter - could be finetuned by hand.
Fine tuned okay, but fine tuned by...
Who aim for the highscore table and nothing else...
So we still have some reservations ;)
edit before even posting it: couldn't help it
Okay found it. I was reading this post about captchas ( we have a chat board on the site that gets... you know :P ... ) and this was somewhere in between the lines.
This is a video called human computation [video.google.com] and has the image labeler featured in it as "The ESP game" ( must have been the working title ;)
Anyway, it does have some points, although i'd pass these ideas to the spam detection department instead. There are many ideas for "games" :P most of them pretty much aim at the human processing power of people who... well basically are bored out of their minds. These people would label images, find the subject on a picture and mark it, provide common derivations for words, phrases or even entire sentences and so on. And by doing this, they'd have a good time, a great laugh, and provide some data as a byproduct of their activities.
At least the final version was released with them knowing about this fact. Take image labeler as an example. Phew... i mean imagine if it really WAS called the Esp game -.-
At least it's an honest approach... right?
"Help us by labeling images." Fair enough. Even i played ;D
As for the video, the description reads "Google tech talks" and dates back to June. There're some frighteningly boring games in there ;)