Monday, December 30, 2013

What an Auto-Generated Photo Montage Looks Like

This is kind of weird, but Google+ automatically generated a slideshow of my 2013 highlights, based on the photos that I backed up to the service. It then sent this to me, unprompted.

Apparently Google+ uses a number of techniques to select the "best" pictures from the year (out of hundreds of options). It actually does a pretty good job, though I'm not sure people need to see multiple shots of a bunk bed being assembled.

Here's an example of how smart it is. Google+ chose to show this photo...

...rather than this (photobombed) one.

I guess even the robots know when they're being messed with.