Lightroom: Automatic image tagging

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[Update: See this reply for a list of third-party plugins providing automatic image tagging: -- John Ellis]

Hi all,
who of you likes organising and tagging pictures in your image catalogue? I don't. I'd love to keep my focus on taking photos. When I read about the Google Cloud Vision API, I thought this cloud be the solution for my problem that I don't like organising, but love having things organised. Cloud Vision is a service that takes an image and returns a set of keywords, places, brancs, etc. it detected. Why not let Google do the work?
So I started learning Lua and Lightroom development to create such a Plugin by myself (hold on, it is nothing there yet).
When I started thinking about the actual plug-in, the question came up what would other Lightroom users expect it to look like? And what other features do you expect? So I forwarding these questions to you. What do you think of it? Do you think this plug-in is helpful to you? What are your expectations?
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Have you tried the new image analysis search feature in Lightroom Web yet? It runs along similar ideas, except the keywords aren't actually visible.
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"So I started learning Lua and Lightroom development to create such a Plugin by myself (hold on, it is nothing there yet)."

That sounds like an excellent idea! Please keep us apprised of your progress.

I think it's likely that over time, the Google service will be higher quality and more capable than the Adobe service -- Google has more technical resources and a bigger market to support their efforts, as well as access to orders of magnitude more training data for its machine-learning algorithms.  Just compare the quality of face recognition provided by Google and Facebook with that provided by LR (technology Adobe licensed from a third party).

The Lightroom SDK forum is a good place to ask questions about implementing plugins.