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Unbelievable Google Dictionary: Google Search Images Exchanged Words
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Unbelievable Google Dictionary: Google Search Images Exchanged Words

Imagine the Oxford dictionary with its 20,000 words and imagine all these words were exchanged for images. You can say well, it is a picture dictionary then. Not really as the images used were searched for in Google. The first one which appeared in a search for the word was used. Result - unbelievable Google dictionary!

“A visual bookmark of our time” The authors of the dictionary called it a “visual bookmark of our time.” One of the artists/authors is 21 year old Felix Heyes, an arts student at Kingston University in London. He said that only about 15 to 20 percent of it makes sense and the rest is a mixture of not really pleasant medical photos, pornography, racism, and cartoons. Heyes worked on the dictionary for months together with his fellow student Ben West. The investment into production was about £500 and both artists hope to print a small number of the book.

How did they make it? West’s brother wrote a program that downloaded the first image searched for each word. Another program was used for a three column layout. Both artists bound the book following instructions from a YouTube video.

True view of the internet I would be very interested to see the book. Not only is it a great creative idea but it gives us a true view of the internet and a big G. Let’s try it! So I searched for the word 'picture'. The first image that comes up is of the Eifel Tower – great! The second search was for “Google”. The result is simply boring as the first image shown is the proper Google logo. More interesting though was the word “affiliate”. Unfortunately I cannot add such an image to my article as it would not be published as it would hold 'inappropriate content!' I can say that it was some kind of advertisement for some kind of services.

Well, we all know that information on the web is not trustworthy unless we know the source as an expert. And we all are overwhelmed with the amount of information that is available. If I would like to know something about any new topic my first place to search is the internet. Yes, I have to dig my way through piles of garbage, but it is still the fastest way to find relevant info. Can I trust everything on the net? Not at all!

So please, do NOT use the stunning Google dictionary made by Mr Heyes and West for language learning. You could get in trouble pretty fast!


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Brandon8  

That is intensely interesting!

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  about 1 decade ago

Sounds like a really cool experiment. I would love to see the book.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Thank you for comment Shawn. Yes, I think it is cool. It is easy to try to any word you have in mind. Hope boys got great marks for it as it was some kind of school project. The way they did it is just amazing - two programs and finally You Tube tutorial! Simply GREAT! Will let you know if will find more about the book.

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  about 1 decade ago
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