Many people take a lot of pictures on their trips, but it’s quite a headache to sort out all these photos upon their return home.
Fortunately, technological advances have enabled us to store all these photos with ever-expanding memory storage capacity. Still, it’s quite troublesome to look for a particular photo.
For those who would like to share pictures with family members and friends, it’s better to avoid using instant messaging apps like WhatsApp because these photos take up too much storage space on your mobile device.
Instead, they can upload all these photos to iCloud or use Google Photos, and then share even entire albums with family and friends.
Google Photos, for example, can automatically categorize all these photos based on subjects like people, pets, locations, etc.
By opening up one’s photo library, the automatic labeling system of Google Photos can help you file and categorize photos according to your specific requirements.
Let’s say you would like to search for all your pictures of a specific person; the app can find all photos of that person with the use of artificial intelligence, particularly its face-recognition system.
Users can also search photos according to location, time or event. For example, you can search “last year+Macau”, and Google Photos will group all photos taken in Macau last year. Or you can search “birthday”, and the program will get all photos with birthday items, such as birthday cakes, candles and greetings.
The tag can also be objects such as coins. Users can also integrate different tags to make the search more precise.
Google Photos can also produce mini-movies with specific themes, and users can refresh their memories without even organizing their photos.
Of course, when using AI technology, users have to make some compromises as regards their privacy. But I find the price rather acceptable given the great convenience it brings.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on July 13
Translation by Julie Zhu
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