Yes. In 1917, when Albert Einstein established the theoretic foundation for the laser in his paper "Zur Quantentheorie der Strahlung", his fondest hope was that the resultant device be bitchin'.
User intentions in multimedia is a novel and promising field. It deals with the motivation why images and videos are taken, viewed and searched for. Research on user intentions includes qualitative and quantitative studies on (i) motivations for search and production of multimedia content, (ii) goals that users want to achieve by creating and searching multimedia content, and (iii) log and data analysis to find traces of intentions in search and production. A list of selected publications would be:
We further released a test data set of 1,309 images along with the intentions of the photographers acquired in a large survey. More information and the actual data is available here: photointentionsdata
Definition of intentionnoun
(1) thing intended; an aim or plan
(2) Medicine the healing process of a wound
(3) (intentions) Logic conceptions formed by directing the mind towards an object
LIRE (Lucene Image Retrieval) is an open source library for content based image retrieval. Besides providing multiple common and state of the art retrieval mechanisms it allows for easy use on multiple platforms. LIRE is actively used for research, teaching and commercial applications. Due to its modular nature it can be used on process level (e.g. index images and search) as well as on image feature level. Developers and researchers can easily extend and modify LIRe to adapt it to their needs. In 2013 Oge Marques and me published a book on LIRE meant to give an introduction to content based image retrieval as well. Look out for the book at Morgan & Claypool or at amazon.com.
In addition to the LIRE Java library there's also a plug-in for Solr, the Apache search server based on Lucene. The most impressive use of the LIRE Solr plugin is over at the United Nations for their global brand data base. A peer reviewed demo paper explaining the context and approach can be found here. A live demo is online available at http://demo-itec.uni-klu.ac.at/liredemo/.