What to do with too many images

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Getting rid of the bad stuff isn't easy. Going through 1,000 or 10,000 "outtakes" of photos requires people and time. Can we create a system that automatically disposes of lower quality images while keeping enough so that an editor has flexibility in future publishing? 

With artificial intelligence, or AI, our goal is not so much to replace humans as to give them a digital assist on some of the grunt work so they can focus on higher-level tasks. By giving editors more time to think, plan and create – things that people still do better than computers – news organizations can improve the quantity and quality of their content.

Reducing the sheer number of images allows editors to narrow the set of possibilities more quickly and to find just the right photograph more easily. As they say, time is money. If AI can save staff time, news organizations will save money.

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