You know that movie? The one with that woman who was in that other movie, and the guy who was on that TV show, about the thing in the place? If you’re anything like me, you have this conversation at least a dozen times a month. You’ve seen a movie before, and you remember it had that one guy who was in that TV show (in my case, it’s almost always someone on Charmed or one of my mother’s soap operas), but you can’t think of the title to save your life. You can describe the plot, but you just can’t nail down what the heck movie it was.

Val.AI is an AI search engine that can help you figure out what the heck you’re talking about. It was developed by Valossa, an AI tech firm based in Finland, and while it’s still in beta testing it is learning more every day to help you come up with the name of that movie. Val.IA is the result of years of research done at the University of Oulu in Finland, and it analyzes various aspects of films to come up with the name of the one you’re looking for. They offer search tips to get you closer to the one you want, and while it’s not perfect it does come pretty close.

I entered, “Movie starring Tiffany and Deborah Gibson” to test it, knowing full well I was talking about Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. Unfortunately, I stumped Val.AI right out of the gate. Nowhere in the search results was my movie. However, the second result was Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, which did star Debbie Gibson, so at least it was in the ballpark. And to be fair, the one I was looking for is pretty obscure, known only to those who are obsessed with cheesy SyFy channel movies.

Next I tried “Here’s looking at you, kid”, and immediately got Casablanca. You can search by movie quotes, plot lines, actors’ names, or even just a general description of the genre such as “romantic scifi movie”. The goal is for Val.AI to eventually make a fully-stocked database of movies that is searchable in real time. They’re also working on voice search integration, with an eventual goal of being compatible with voice command systems such as Alexa.

For now, Val.AI has a free demo you can try for yourself during beta testing. You can rate the results as a good match or a bad match, and there’s even a button that’ll show you where you can watch your movie immediately and for how much.


Source: Digital Trends

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