Google AI Suggests Photos to Share

Google AI Suggests Photos to Share
Google Photos now uses facial recognition to suggest which pictures friends may wish to see.

(CCM) — Google Photos now uses artificial intelligence capabilities to recognize people in your pictures and suggest that you share those pictures with them, the company has announced in a blog post. "Suggested sharing uses machine learning to automatically identify photos and suggest recipients, making sharing as simple as a single tap," said James Gallagher, Google Photos' engineering director. Users can find suggestions for photos of an event to share, based on the people in the photos and on previous sharing behaviour, in a new Sharing tab in the Google Photos application.

Google has also introduced shared albums, so that multiple people at an event can pool their photos. "If your friends and family were with you and use Google Photos, they may get a reminder to add their photos to the album, too. You'll get notified when new photos are added and can now see all the photos in one place," Gallagher said.

It is also now possible to set up a permanent shared library with another Google Photos user so that all photos, or just all photos of specific people such as a couple's children, are shared automatically. Sharing between two people can also be restricted to photos taken after a certain date, such as the date that the two people first met.

Suggested sharing and shared libraries are rolling out now on iOS, Android, and on the web.

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