It looks like humans aren’t all that useless when it comes to technology. There are still a few areas that we do better than machines. Image recognition is one of them. TechCrunch runs the story about one company that seems to be using humans in image recognition process. Comments to that story also mention Google doing the same.
To me it feels like a problem with timing. There is a need to tag and search a whole lot of images. But there is no good automated solution available. So we are falling back on humans. It’s easy to come up with a few other areas, in which there is a need today for solutions which won’t even be here tomorrow. Technology needs help, I guess.