Google is using AI to help The New York Times digitize 5 million historic photos

The New York Times keeps photos without keeping them in a mortuary. 19159003] Times is packed in cabinets and drawers under the Times Square office and stores between 5 million and 7 million images with information on when and why it was published. Now this paper is working with Google to digitize a huge collection.

The corpse storage (as the cellar storage area is known) contains pictures dating back to the 19th century, and many of them are not found in the world. " CTO Nick Rockwell of NYT says:" [It’s] Reporting of perishable documents. " It is a valuable record of the history of The Times as well as a century of global events that have shaped the modern world."

That's why the company hired Google. Machine Vision Smart not only scans hand and type notes attached to each image, but also categorizes embedded semantic information (data connections such as location and date). Google Times says that you can use object recognition tools to extract more information from your photos, making it easier to create catalogs and surfaces for future use.

Okay. This is news that Google landed on a well-known client for digitization services. (And, as I worked on the Time magazine's archive, the pictures are not publicly accessible.) However, the history of Times Times is still neat. AI shows how to make this kind of conservation effort richer and more accessible.

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