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The Business Page

Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Friday, August 18, 2006


In an event in New York City in April, Eastman Kodak uncharacteristically discussed some of the cutting-edge work in its research labs. The work centers around making use of artificial intelligence in images -- developing software, for instance, that automatically recognizes faces or sorts images by decade. You can see a video about this subject at this site here.

Turns out that Kodak may be in a race to perfect the technology with the hottest name in dot-coms. Google this week purchased a small company called Neven Vision, which specializes in technology for automatically extracting information from a photo. Word is Google will use the technology with its Picasa photo software, which is available free to Google users. The purchase is getting some attention among the bloggers, such as this one.


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