Google’s Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones are ushering in a new era of AI-powered photography, with features like “Best Take” and “Magic Editor,” are proposed to redefine the essence of photography.
Best Take uses AI to analyze your photo library and swap expressions in images. No more worrying about someone not smiling in a group photo; Google’s phones can find a smile from another photo and seamlessly merge it into the frame.
Magic Editor on the other hand is a deep learning algorithm, takes editing to the next level by enabling users to erase, move, or resize elements within a photo. It does this by analyzing surrounding pixels and seamlessly filling in the gap with textures, leveraging knowledge from millions of other photos.
These innovations have sparked debates about ethics and the blurring lines of reality. Tech commentators and photographers have expressed concerns about the potential for manipulative use. AI’s ability to reconstruct or enhance images opens the door to a realm where distinguishing between real and altered becomes increasingly challenging.
Google maintains its commitment to ethical considerations, emphasizing that these features don’t “fake” reality but enhance it. For users, the ultimate goal is to capture beautiful images that represent the moment they wished had happened, even if it didn’t occur precisely that way.
The sources for this piece include an article in BBC.