Google has announced three new tools in Search to help you find the correct information and avoid getting manipulated. These tools will give more context about the images and sources you find online, helping you tackle all those AI-generated fakes more easily.
Google has introduced a new feature that automatically blurs explicit images in its search results. This development applies to all users by default, including those who haven’t enabled SafeSearch. The rollout of this feature, initially announced in February, has now been implemented globally.
AI-generated images and videos are a significant threat to proper and accurate information. Fake imagery causes confusion, panic, hate, and bullying, and it’s now easier to create than ever. But there’s a step forward to resolving, or at least minimizing, the issue. Seven major tech companies, including OpenAI, Microsoft, and Google, have promised to create watermarks for AI-generated content. This way, it could become safer to share AI content without misleading people about its authenticity.
Google Lens can make your life easier in all sorts of ways. I personally find it both fun and helpful to play with, and it keeps adding new features applicable to our daily lives. One of them has just been announced, letting you identify skin conditions. In fact, you can scan any change in skin, hair, or nails and find relevant results in a jiffy.
While it is a controversial topic overall, facial recognition does have some benefits. One of the most prevalent in our lives at the moment is the ability to detect individual people in photos we shoot, whether it’s on our phone or with services like Google Photos. It organises them so we can see all photos of that specific person. Google Photos’ “facial” recognition has just gotten a little bit more creepy.
It doesn’t even need to see faces now to be able to make a reasonable guess at a subject’s identity. Google didn’t publicly announce this new functionality but has confirmed to Rita El Khoury at Android Authority that it now exists in Google Photos.
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Google has announced an update to its policies on inactive accounts in a new blog post. The update says that Google plans to start deleting photos from inactive accounts starting in December 2023. It defines inactive accounts as accounts that haven’t been logged into for a two-year period. While most people actively using Google Photos won’t be affected, those with older or backup accounts might see their images disappear.
Photos aren’t the only things that’ll start to be deleted, either. Google says they may also delete accounts and data from Google Workspaces, including Gmail Docs, Drive, Meet and Calendar. To retain the latter, you simply need to log into your Google account. But for photos, you will need to specifically log into your Google Photos account once every two years in order to avoid deletion of its contents.
Google has introduced some new AI features that are both interesting and useful for people with visual (and other) impairments. One of these features is an “image question and answer” capability in the Lookout app for Android. Basically, this feature lets you “chat” with the app and ask it everything you want to know about a photo you’ve opened.