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Elias Perez
Elias Perez

Google Photos’ New AI Sharing May Be Creepy, But Count Me In

The news about Google Photos lately hasn't been rosy, though. It once offered truly unlimited backup of all the photos (and videos) you take for free, even if it did downgrade any pics over 16 megapixels. Not anymore. Now, every picture you upload, no matter the size, counts against your allotted 15GB of free online storage with Google, which is shared with Gmail, Google Drive, and other Google services.

Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

This is sharing one-way only. If you want to see the same person in your partner's photos, they have to share it back with you. Which is easy; when they accept, have them click Share Back at the top right.

The photos, posted by @mileszim on Twitter, appear to depict fun, candid moments at a party. Though the faces may look real enough, they are, in fact, amalgamations of countless faces conjured by a machine.

I installed Amazon Photos today and took it for a spin. It automatically backed up all 2,000 or so photos (and 4GiB of video) from my Pixel 2XL over the course of the day without any problem. It did not, however, do anything with photos that had been deleted from the phone's local storage but were present on the linked Google Photos account. (If you need to migrate photos directly from Google's cloud to Amazon's, you'll need to do so manually.)

After spending a day playing with it, I can tell you that Amazon Photos works perfectly well for my needs, and I suspect it will work for most Google Photos users' needs as well. It offers simple editing, including cropping, filters, level adjustment, and fairly flexible text captioning. You can organize photos into albums. Image recognition on par with Google's offers photo search capabilities if, for example, you want to find pictures with cats in them. And your mobile browser and social media apps will automatically "see" your Amazon Photos account as a place to look when uploading photos, just as they do with Google Photos.

A data-driven understanding of the nature of extremist behavior among military and law enforcement personnel could help inform and prioritize these efforts. For example, CSIS analysis found that while there was an increase in active-duty and reserve personnel involvement in terrorist attacks and plots, the majority of perpetrators affiliated with the military in recent years were veterans. Though the military does not have as much influence over the behavior of veterans once they separate from the military, the DoD could pull service records for all military-affiliated perpetrators and gather information to better understand the causes. Such patterns could inform efforts to disrupt radicalization pathways before individuals leave the military. Congressionally directed or agency-initiated efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could also help identify and counter extremist activity among veterans, and data-sharing agreements between the DoD and VA could strengthen deradicalization efforts.


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