Google I/O 2018: Gmail ‘Smart Compose’, Google Photos getting AI and machine learning-based features

The Smart Compose feature is coming to Gmail later this month.

  • Published: May 8, 2018 11:25 PM IST
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The I/O 2018 annual developer conference is underway and Google CEO Sundar Pichai started off the keynote talking about things it is doing around AI. Pichai touched about the recent Gmail redesign and the features that it brings. He also talked about the new “Smart Compose” feature that is coming to Gmail later this month.

The feature uses machine learning to suggest phrases as you type. Basically, it will write emails for you. You will see the auto complete suggestion on your screen, and if it is what you intend to type, just hit Tab. Google did offer a demonstration video, and the feature looks pretty cool.

Next, Pichai mentioned that there are over five billion photos viewed in Google Photos every single day. The company is adding new Smart Actions feature in Google Photos. To begin with, AI and machine learning will understand who is in the photo, and also offer to share the photo with the person.

If the photo is underexposed, the AI will offer a suggestion to fix brightness. It can also recognize documents and convert into a PDF. Lastly, the interesting bit is that Google Photos can use AI to separate subject in photos and make the colors pop out. Or it can also re-create a greyscale photo in color, especially the old black and white photos. The idea sure sounds good and we can’t wait to try it out.

  • Published Date: May 8, 2018 11:25 PM IST