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Google’s first Al-powered smart camera takes photos for you – convenient or creepy?




The new Google Clips wireless camera is seen  at a product launch event on October 4, 2017 at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California.
The new Google Clips wireless camera is seen at a product launch event on October 4, 2017 at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California.
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If you are looking for a way to capture candid moments that don’t require you to have a smartphone out all the time, Google has a solution for you.

The company released its first “smart camera” Tuesday. The device relies on artificial intelligence to identify familiar faces and determine the best moments to capture a seven second video that can be turned into still images or shared as an Apple Live Photo, Google Motion Photo or animated GIF. Whenever it’s on, the artificial intelligence inside is watching. The tiny Clips camera decides on its own what to record.

The camera turns these shots into short clips without you having to use video editing software. Clips isn’t designed to replace your smartphone camera or your DSLR.

Will you let Clips take photos for you? Do you find it fascinating or scary? Do you find the technology to be invasive or simply part of the future?

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Geoffrey Fowler, technology columnist for the Washington Post who’s been following this story; he tweets @geoffreyfowler