Facebook AI technology describes photos to blind users

By Justin Lee Tweet April 9, 2016 –  Earlier this week, Facebook introduced a new feature for iOS users who are visually impaired that reads the contents of web pages aloud, according to a report by Fortune. Dubbed automatic alternative text, the new feature generates photo descriptions for visually impaired users who rely on a screen reader. Prior to adding the new feature, Facebook users of screen readers would hear the name of the individual who posted the image, followed by the word “photo” when they would scroll past an image in their news feed. The new feature now adds a basic description of the photo such as, “image may contain four people, smiling, outside.” The feature uses the social network’s visual recognition engine, an artificial intelligence-powered technology that processes all…


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