Google is using its sophisticated facial recognition software to make sure your ex- or your thieving business partner — or anybody else who done you wrong — won’t pop up to taunt you digitally. Say you’re Brad Pitt and you’re tired of Jennifer Aniston’s mug showing up to remind of how things used to be — well Brad just has to stay out of supermarket aisles (where Aniston’s picture is a permanent fixture) and tell Google photos to 86 that friend-ly face. Google’s digital policing will then excommunicate the offender. And the Brads of the world can live in peace with their Angies.
In other words, Google will help you self-select only good memories — or memories more relevant to your present state anyway. And the feature can ensure you trip only happy triggers as you travel through digital time and space. It works when you ask Google to help you “rediscover this day” too, which functions like Facebook Memories, recreating the past in pictures. It’ll be as if that excised person never existed. Of course, there’s not much Google can do if rain reminds you of your ex, and you find yourself in a thunderstorm.