Artificial Intelligence is rapidly taking over all aspects of our lives, from calorie counting, to personal assistance and financial advice. Shopping is no exception. Now, with eBay's new powered-by-AI visual search engine, it's even easier as well as more accurate.
The traditional way of searching for that favorite, but elusive, product which you somewhere stumbled upon, was through performing text-based keyword lookups.
For example, say while checking your Facebook activity, you notice an ad about boots but your attention is instead drawn to the sunglasses that the model is wearing. From their unique shape you infer that they must be Ray-bans. So the next logical step would be to Google something like "Ray-ban sunglasseswith blue lenses". This query will return a number of product models. But which one is the specific one I've been looking for? Is it model RB3025, RB4239, or maybe RB4221?
Of course, the vaguer the query the vaguer the resulting product listings are going to be. For example, looking for a "T-shirt with a Chinese symbol stamped on it", with symbol being unidentified as well as not being able to be described by a non Chinese user, would most probably return meaningless results back.