Google Photos wants you to train its algorithm for free

Nov 10, 2020

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Google Photos wants you to train its algorithm for free

Nov 10, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you’ve ever wanted to work for Google, now’s your chance. Well, sort of. Google Photos is now expanding its survey that helps the algorithm recognize what’s in the photos. In other words, you’ll be able to label your images from scratch and tag them in order to train Google’s algorithm further.

Until now, Google Photos asked users simple questions to confirm what’s in the photo, and a simple “yes/no/not sure” answer was enough. With the latest update, you can actually devote some time to improving the algorithm, not just answering the questions that Google assumes are right.

When you open Google Photos and click on the Search icon, there will be the new option right at the bottom of the Search tab. From there on, you can choose to “help improve Google Photos.” Once you click on that, you’ll get ten random photos offered, and for each of them, you have to type things that are the most important in them.

Once you’re done with this, you can choose to tag more photos. But there are also some additional questions for you regarding prints, animations and collages, and the dates when the photos were taken.

This process sure is more time consuming than just tapping on the “yes/no/not sure” on Google’s already made assumption. However, it’s more accurate and it should provide better results in the long run. You can do it just for fun, but since it’s basically some free work, you have no obligation to do it. You can always quit the entire process if you get bored or if you just don’t want to spend your time doing it.

[via Android Police]

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2 responses to “Google Photos wants you to train its algorithm for free”

  1. Josh Zaring Avatar
    Josh Zaring

    It sure would be cool if Google would give you a few cents per image. I’d do thousands a day ?

  2. Don Navarro Avatar
    Don Navarro

    Work for free while they profit from my data? Nah!