January 17, 2019

Google Photos is creeping me out


Ok, you guys. This is really getting weird.

When I moved to Nashville, I used an app called Sortly to organize my packing. I took pictures of everything I was packing so I could organize it in the app and find it later.

I packed a whole bunch of framed pictures, which included several shots of my cute nephews.

Today I went to Google Photos because I was going to demo how Google uses artificial intelligence to recognize faces to help you search and organize your photos.

To my huge surprise, the pictures I took of the pictures were now cataloged. And for the first time, Google asked me to verify an image. But wow. How creepy.


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