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Google Hired Professional Photographers to Help Train its AI Camera

By January 28, 2018Uncategorized

Photo by James Bareham / The Verge

Cross-posted from The Verge

[by James Vincent]

How did Google get Clips, its AI-powered camera, to learn to automatically take the best shots of users and their families? Well, as the company explains in a new blog post, its engineers went to the professionals — hiring “a documentary filmmaker, a photojournalist, and a fine arts photographer” to produce visual data to train the neural network powering the camera.

The blog post explains this process in a little more detail, but it’s basically what you’d expect for this sort of AI. In order for the software to recognize what makes a good or a bad photo, it had to be fed lots of examples. The programmers thought about not only obvious markers (eg, it’s a bad photo if there is blurring or if something’s covering the lens) but also more abstract criteria, such as “time” — training Clips with the rule, “Don’t go too long without capturing something.”

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