It was a blow to a surprise that took Google Photos for the first time that made me cry.
One morning, in April, I resigned to my phone to find out about the world's disturbances. Instead, it was a photo alert, which warned me that Google's image processing robot created a collection of my videos. When I've seen the types of video generated through artificial intelligence – Facebook tells you of your annual summary, I would not expect too much. Then I pressed to play it and, in thirty seconds, it was ruin, its long and rugged face.
This video was my 5 year-old daughter, about Samara: the scene was almost every moment that was held for me very deeply and permanently, obsessed by her father's cameras. My obsession has created an artificial nightmare; Samara and her older brother, Khalil, videos and photographs born of mobile phones, now extend to several terabytes; human images may have time to study in a very short time. Someone may ask, why caught these moments?
Well, in this simple two-minute collection, Google Photos could see the answer.
Google computers can confront faces, even elderly people. Google Photos also seems to be the tone and emotional value of human interaction, smiles, nerves, fears, jokes, joy dances and even "Happy birthdays." or "Well!" Synchronized with Hollywood movie music, events, birthdays, school games, and mixed moments of childhood joy were an important result.
Baby Samara was cut when her hair was heavy; When Samara was little when he was brother, when he struggled with him, when he entered friendship, he entered the swimming class; Samara was already in the preschool pizza while eating a car trip when she got out of the camera. I can not publish this video here; It would be like showing your diary. However, if Samara had never been a nursery as her classmate, Google video could be equivalent to Bill Clinton's Man From Hope video and a win-win triumph.
That is to say, when I mean when I speak of "a surprise surprise": who would think software would weep? You can move images to Instagram and Snapchat every day, but Google Photos is not a social network; It is a personal network, the service began three years ago, basically private data that could have the best collection of our collection, and that run most of the services, not published by other humans, to collect private data. I like it.
And, with the technology I regularly use, Google Photos has become one of the most important emotions. It is a specialty, not only the level of availability, but also the elimination of the headache caused by the tsunami storage and search of all the photos we produce. Additionally, Google Photos is great for you to get acquainted with photography.
Because it is an intense vision of structuring through artificial intelligence, Google Photos is the beginning of a new era of custom robot historians. The images that we collect will become the raw material of the algorithms that will make memories of evolution and create narratives to discover the most intimate human beings. In the future, the robot will know everyone and tell our stories.
However, we are going ahead. Before worrying about tomorrow's science fiction, it is worthwhile to admire Google Photos today's basic utility. Technology companies have created digital photography management mechanisms since the exclusion of filmed filmmakers. Most efforts have failed; While we are improving our cameras, we extract more photos and collect more pictures we collect.
"With the invention of mobile, there was nothing to do with humans, they did not have anything, they did not even have an image," said Martin Hand, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, sociologist and author of National Photography. Academic research on happy problems for over-photography. "But he created his own problems: he became a complete problem."
For more than a decade, the technology world has created a partial solution to overloading a photo: making images into society. Through services like Flickr, then Facebook and Instagram, we tried to organize our images by others. The best pictures have been those who have had the highest social profile in your profile. worst, unpublished.
However, social networks created other issues such as fear, performative anxiety, loneliness and privacy comfort. "There was a feeling, and because everything was public, young people had to constantly publish their public ideas," said Mano.
Likewise, Google has taken part in the social image game. Google Photos first contact was part of Google Plus, the search company's social network, the destination stamp and the sealed one. Some years ago, after realizing that they were not social networks, Google returned the design table with Google Photos.
The upgrade service made three things: it offered an almost unlimited and free way to take your photos (you can pay more for your images to be stored in a larger size). I put them in the cloud, you can access any of them. And, most of all, Photos may be the key issue of Google's false artificial intelligence, which is considered to be a key issue for the phone's timing: we can take pictures, but it's strange to see them
"We have noticed that they never remembered or recalled these moments," said Anil Sabharwal, Google's vice president, who has built photographs and is still performing. "You were a beautiful holiday, you've taken hundreds of incredible photos, you've never seen before and you've never seen them again".
When it started in 2015, Google Photos created an immediate relief. For example, face recognition automatically enabled photo sharing. Now, when I get a picture of my children, Google recognizes and shares my photos with my wife; Your images are shared with me. In a simple, instantaneous and unpredictable manner, each one has a complete collection of children's photos and they have disappeared.
Then, we remind you of Google's everyday reminders. It's hard to exaggerate when I refer to the Google machine and how it can come up with your collection and make it surprising. In a series called "Before and After", Google will search photos of same people or groups of people in two different periods: your child's first day of the year and the same day last year, or the photo taken before the Empire State Building ten years ago and today .
In the last month, Google has launched a new home device, Home Hub, a voice-activated device that features a multi-screen screen that is so nostalgic. It's magical I've been with the Home Hub over a week and my experience has changed with my photos. They got their life.
How many memories of artificial ingenuity we are adapting to our narratives around us.
And although I'm not allowed to use Google Photos, I commit to the future. There is a lot of research in social sciences, which shows how memories are changing our memories. An analysis demonstrated that we continue to make images without reducing the ability to recall our events in our environment. Photos also make our own perception about creating new memories: a fake picture may have persuaded something that happened, even if it never happened.
Considering all this, we are adapting ourselves to a narrative about ourselves by means of artificial intelligence. Samara -and my children- thinks, one day, that he can watch videos like Google created and bring some consequences on his childhood to make decision making for non-profit making companies that receive funding for advertising. Show the scenes and hide them.
At this time, there's still no harm: Google Photos is a happy and bright video. However, if the story tells the story, Google Photos will take us to a new plot.
Today, machines are becoming more and more understandable to our human world and shape our reality in the deepest possible way, and as the cameras themselves are essential.