Kodak’s app and chatbot will scour your photos for forgotten gems

They use algorithms and AI to find ‘Kodak Moments.’

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If you're like me, you have thousands of photos on your phone, most of which you will have long forgotten. And let's be honest, you probably don't scroll through all of them often, if at all. I certainly don't. Well, Kodak Moments -- the photo-printing division of Kodak Alaris -- has updated its app and introduced a new Facebook chatbot, both of which will pore over your photos on Facebook or those stored in your phone's camera roll and pick out images that qualify as a "Kodak Moment."

Both the updated "Kodak Moments" app from the company and its Moments Assistant Facebook bot use algorithms and AI to figure out which of your photos might be worth resurfacing. They take into account things like location, facial recognition, quality, relationships, engagement and photo tagging in order to find meaningful photographs that you might want to see again and, more importantly, buy prints of. "Once we display images that people may have forgotten about on premium products with an option to immediately physically share, we expect to make money from the prints and the photo-products that we sell," Kodak Moments' Chief Marketing Officer Rob Smith told Fast Company.

Some have found that these services don't do a particularly good job at finding photos you might want to see again. But if you want to check them out, the app and chatbot are available now.