Over at the official Google Blog come news that the company has acquired Neven Vision to help it improve Picasa, its image organizer offering.
Neven Vision comes to Google with deep technology and expertise around automatically extracting information from a photo. It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo contains a person, or, one day, as complex as recognizing people, places, and objects. This technology just may make it a lot easier for you to organize and find the photos you care about.
It could also be used to help Google understand the content of images and video so that it can sell relevant ads. But I’m sure if asked, they have “no plans” for that at this stage.