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Sometimes you see a pattern on something – like a piece of clothing you can’t afford or vintage wallpaper in a historic house – and fall in love. Of course, you can take a photo of it and use it as a comparison, but that will only get you so far. If only there was one way to search for images using an actual image rather than a highly specific but never effective description that you came up with. Well, now there is (albeit in beta form). Here’s what to know.
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The page is called Same energyand it’s a beta version of a visual search engine. We heard about it for the first time Kevin Kelly at Recomendo. This is what he had to say:
You give it a picture and it returns more pictures that feel exactly like what you started with. Some images can be the same subject, others the same lighting and color, or others the same visual style. It works really well. I can start with a piece of furniture or a fabric design or an album cover or an Instagram travel photo and get an endless mosaic of images with the same energy. As with Pinterest, I can choose one of the offers and then get more images that are similar to this one, and so on. Unlike Pinterest, I can also create a collection of images and use it to train an AI to find images that share the characteristics of the entire set. I could spend hours quietly watching the endless results, like staring into ocean waves or a campfire.
And loud Jacob Jackson, the creator of Same Energy, This is how the site works::
Same Energy Core Search is based on deep learning. The most similar published work is CLIP by OpenAI.
The standard feeds available on the homepage are algorithmically curated: a starting value of 5 to 20 images is selected by hand. Our system then creates the feed by scanning millions of images in our index to find good matches for the seed values. You can create feeds in the same way: save pictures to create a collection of start-up pictures, then see the recommended pictures.
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So find a convenient place and make yourself comfortable: once you use the search tool, you can spend hours discovering new images, patterns, prints, and lighting.