The New York Times is using AI technology to digitize its collection of over 5 million photos, dating back to the 1870s. The photographs have been sitting in a sea of file cabinets that the NYT refers to as its “morgue.” In addition to facial-recognition, AI technology uses text recognition to collect hand-written or printed information from the photographs, giving them further historical context. Cloud technology will then allow for journalists to search through the historical trove more easily. The photos will not be public, thought NYT plans to add a feature highlighting these photos over time.
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