Courtesy Fast Company

New Mexico startup Descartes Labs has come up with a platform called GeoVisual Search, through which users can find similar satellite imagery of areas or objects from around the world by comparison. The search engine does this by dividing public aerial images into smaller tiles, comparing each square for similarities of what has been searched, and providing results accordingly. For instance, if a user wanted to search for wind turbines across the United States and knew the location of one, they could use the original image tile to cast a larger search net across the country for comparable imagery.

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