Google Photos Encourages Users to Help It With Machine Learning

One of the biggest products that Google is trying to develop has to do with its machine learning algorithms. Google Photos has tried to get users involved with the process by having them select images that correctly correspond to images that they need to be compared to, thereby helping its machine learning algorithms to be optimized to a certain extent. With all of that having been said and out of the way, it is important to note that Google is taking a more hands on approach now, one that some users might not end up being all that comfortable with.

The manner in which machine learning works is that a labeled data set is provided to the algorithm and it then tries to recognize objects and images by comparing them to its core data set. Google’s new push for users involves asking them to help with the labeling process. You are not going to be paid for this work that you are doing of course, but since it would help with image recognition across the board and enable the rapid advancement of technology, it is understandable why some users would want to take part in this sort of thing.

Adding labels to images is pretty mundane work, but some might be wary of this due to their inherent mistrust of Google. Google’s track record is pretty clear in this regard though, and people taking part in this could end up becoming a remarkable example of the world coming together to try and facilitate the advancement of technology. Google is great at encouraging voluntary collaborations, and chances are that enough people working on this sort of thing could lead to rapid advancements in many other areas all of which can prove to be vital to the continued success of humanity in a lot of different ways.

H/T: AP.

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