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Google Is Employing AI To Assist The New York Times Digitize Photos

The New York Times does not keep picture in its “morgue,” not bodies. In a basement below its office at Times Square, stuffed into drawers and cabinets, the Times stores almost 5–7 Million pictures, along with data about when and why they were published. Now, the paper is operating with Google to digitize its vast collection.

The morgue has images dating back to the 19th century, many of which are present nowhere else. “It is a treasure trove of delicate info,” claims Nick Rockwell, the chief technology officer at NYT, to the media in an interview. “An invaluable chronicle of not only The Times’ history, but also of global events (almost more than a century old) that have developed our modern society.”

That is why the firm has appointed Google, which will employ its AI tech to not only scan the type- and hand-written notes attached to every picture, but classify the semantic data they have (connecting data such as dates and locations).

On a relate note, Google earlier declared that it is using a new AI (artificial Intelligence) tech to deal with online spreading of contents comprising child sexual abuse. Google claimed that its cutting-edge AI tech employs deep neural networks for image processing to assist detect & discover CSAM (child sexual abuse material) on the Internet.

The new software is based on the deep neural networks and will be made accessible for free to NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and other industry players (including other technology firms) through a new Content Safety API offering that can be provided upon request, the media claimed.

“Employing the Internet as a means to spread content that sexually abuses kids is one of the worst exploitations imaginable,” claimed Abhi Chaudhuri (Product Manager) and Nikola Todorovic (Google Engineering Lead) to the media in an interview.