Google is using AI to compress photos, just like on HBO’s Silicon Valley

It’s not middle-out compression, but it’s the next best thing. Researchers at Google are working on a way to use neural networks, the building blocks of modern artificial intelligence, to make our picture files smaller without sacrificing quality. To consumers, smaller files means more available space on phones, tablets, and computers, but for tech companies like Google that offer unlimited photo storage, smaller photos could reduce server load, power consumption, and improve transfer speeds. This sort of idea has made its way into pop culture thanks to HBO’s Silicon Valley, where the fictional compression startup Pied Piper uses neural networks to optimize how they shrink files. (Dropbox has actually used the start-up’s middle-out idea for its own photo compression.) Google’s work teaches neural networks how to scrimp and save data…


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