By ALEXIS C. MADRIGAL — The Atlantic
Deep inside Google, a small team has been trying to solve a problem that’s easy for any schmuck around the watercooler but frighteningly difficult for the world’s most data-rich company: telling a story.
… Smarr and his teammates — product designer Brett Lider and user experience designer Clement Ng — set a task for themselves. They wanted to create software that would have rhythm and flow like “actual storytelling.” Actual human storytelling.
The product is called Stories, and it takes photos users upload and automatically packages them up into narratives.
Maybe that sounds easy, but that’s because you’re a human. Teaching a machine a sense of narrative and place isn’t quite so easy, even using all of the information that Google knows about a user.
So, I spent time with the Google team that built Stories. I learned how they did it and began to consider what that says about computers’ ability to understand the human world enough to help us live in it.
Here is an in-depth article from The Atlantic about the Google+ Stories feature our team has been working on for the past year or so.
Even though Joseph, Brett, and myself were the only ones at the interview, there were many more people involved that brought Stories to life and made it possible. I’m humbled to be working with such an talented team on this amazing project.