The first time the photographs & # 39; Google made me was something that was a surprise.
Tomorrow morning at & # 39; April, looked at my phone resigned to find more news about the calamities of the world. Instead, there was a warning with photos wissietni that robots image processing Google created a sort of & # 39; & # 39 with collection; My videos. I had already seen that kind of & # 39; artificial intelligence products with videos – what do year year year is your recurring misfortune – so not much I expected. Then, ippressajt to reproduce and, in thirty seconds, was & # 39; ruin, b & # 39; long and tearful face.
The video was about the girl & # 39; My 5 years, Samara: almost every time it has been raised kommemorata b & # 39; thorough and permanent way with me, father obsessed with cameras. My obsession created a nightmare of & # 39; archives; The videos and photos & # 39; Samara and its older, Khalil, both born in the smart phone era, now covering several terabytes – more pictures than humans can & # 39; have time to review b & # 39; exhaustive. Someone can & # 39; ask, why collect all those moments?
Well, f & # 39; this simple collection & # 39; two minutes, allow me to see Google Photos idea of the answer.
Computers Google can recognize faces, even those who suffer. Photos Google also seems to understand the tone and emotional value of human interactions, things like smiles, giggles nervousness, frowning, tantrums, dance & # 39; joy and even fragments & # 39; dialogues like "Happy birthday!" or "Well done!" Synchronized with Hollywood movie music, the result was a montage where events were & # 39; obvious importance – birthdays, school plays – were mixed with & # 39; scores & # 39; & # 39 ordinary moments; childhood joy.
There was Baby Samara when his hair was cut, when it took a few wobbly steps; Samara when she was young when she does & # 39; her brother, when she ġġielet him, was put bravely in its class swimming; Samara already in school preschool while eating pizza on a journey & # 39; car, when she stuck her tongue at the camera. I can not publish the video here; It would be like showing your diary. However, if Samara never led as its president in kindergarten class, video Google can & # 39; equivalent to the video & # 39; Bill Clinton Man From Hope and win with a landslide triumph.
This is what I mean when I talk about "getting taken me by surprise": the software believes it cry? The pictures on Instagram and Snapchat could go on & # 39; daily basis, but Google Photos is not a social network; is a personal network, a service that began three years ago, the aim was essentially to function as a base & # 39; data keep growing collections of & # 39; Private photos, and service that most uses machines, not other people to publish things that I want.
And, nevertheless, technologies that I use regularly, Google Photos become one of the most relevant emotional. It is extraordinary, not only because of the level & # 39; utility had, but to eliminate any pain & # 39; head that caused the storage and search by the tsunami & # 39; photos that we all produce. In addition, Google Photos is extraordinary because it preserves possible understanding & # 39; ourselves through photography.
B & # 39; intense focus on structuring through & # 39; artificial intelligence, Google Photos suggests early & # 39; new era & # 39; historical customized robotic. The billions & # 39; images that we all become the raw material of algorithms that will hold memories and build narratives about the most intimate experiences of our man. In the future, robots will know everything about us and tell our stories.
However, we are encourage ourselves. Before worrying about the fiction of & # 39; tomorrow, it & # 39; who deserves on the basic utility currently has Google Photos. The technology companies tried to create mechanisms for managing & # 39; digital photos since we started disposing film. Most efforts failed; While our cameras improve, take more pictures, more pictures and we, at least we can organize storage.
"With the invention of mobiles, there was nothing humans, absolutely nothing, that were not even portray in & # 39; image," said Martin Hand, a sociologist at the Queen & # 39; s University, Kingston, Ontario, and author & # 39; Photography from anywhere, academic research on a problem too happy pictures. "But this has generated its own problems: become a huge issue."
More than a decade ago, the world of technology issued by & # 39; partial solution to overload Photo: that become social image. By & # 39; services such as Flickr, Facebook and Instagram then, tried to hold our image as others do for us. The best pictures were the ones who had the highest ratings in your social profile; worse, those who ppubblikajtx.
However, social networks have created another set of & # 39; problems: there was fear & # 39; omission, sense & # 39; the performing anxiety, & # 39; loneliness and erosion of privacy. "There was a feeling which, because everything was public, young people had edit b & # 39; constant way their public image themselves," said Hand.
Similarly, Google tried to participate in the game of social photos. The first incarnation of & # 39; Google Photos was part of Google Plus, the social network search company, which had just closed and sealed destination. A few years ago, after realizing that social networks were not its details, yet Google & # 39; back to the table design with Google Photos.
Its renewed service did three things: offering almost unlimited and free storage for your photos (you & # 39; pay more to your images stored in & # 39; & # 39 with dimensions; better resolution). Nressaqhom in cloud, so you can & # 39; you access them anywhere. And, most crucial, photos can rely on fake artificial intelligence & # 39; Google to sort out what the company perceived as the main problem & # 39; the mobile phone era: the fact that anyone can take pictures, but it is rare to see them
"We realized that you never would evoke or recall some of those moments", said Anil Sabharwal, Vice President of Google who led the team that built Photos and continues its heads. "They were going to a nice vacation, I took hundreds & # 39; incredible photos, the years passed and never rajthom".
When it started in 2015, Google Photos generated immediate relief. For example, the facial recognition made it possible to share photos automatically. Now, when I take a picture of my children, Google recognize and share those photos with my wife; Your pictures shared with me. B & # 39; incredible way, instantaneously and without having to think about it, each one has a complete set of photographs of our children, and anxiety to keep them safe disappeared.
Then, we reminders & # 39; & # 39 daily; Google for you to remember. It's hard to exaggerating when referring to both good engines are Google dig in your collection and find new things that can & # 39; pay attention to you. F & # 39; series, called "Before and after", Google will find pictures of the same person, or group & # 39; people, in & # 39; similar job in & # 39; two different periods: your children at first day of school this year and the same day last year, or photo taken in front of the Empire State building ten years ago and today.
Last month, Google launched a new household appliances, the Home Hub, voice activated device that has a screen display showing endless b & # 39; this type of & # 39; nostalgic bait. It's magic. I've with the Home Hub for over a week and changed my experience with my photos. They got their own lives.
Both memories organized by artificial intelligence are formed in our narratives about ourselves.
And, despite what it cost me to stop using Google Photos, I'm also a bit terrifikat b & # 39; what promised for the future. There are a lot of social science research that shows how photographs alter our memories b & # 39; significantly. A study showed that when we take photos without thinking our ability to remember events in the world & # 39; surroundings is reduced. The photographs also form the perception that we ourselves, to the point of creating new memories: fake photo can & # 39; convince you that something happened to you even if it never happened.
Given all this, how ninkwetax memories organized by & # 39; artificial intelligence are formed in our narratives about ourselves. I think about Samara – and children like her – and one day she will see videos like that Google has about it, and it will take some conclusions about her childhood simply because some machines & # 39; purposeful companies & # 39; profit receive funding from advertising made decisions on x & # 39; type & # 39; scenes would show up and that they would hide.
F & # 39; this time, for m & # 39; no casualty: videos & # 39; Google Photos are happy and strong. However, if history depends on who tells your story, takes us to a new Google Photos terrain.
Today, machines are increasingly understand our human world and reshape our reality in the most profound way possible and, as the cameras themselves, are inevitable.