Facebook helps the visually impaired ‘hear’ photos thanks to artificial intelligence

share share tweet pin email Matt King has accomplished a lot in his life. He is a three-time Paralympian with a world record in tandem track cycling. He spent 25 years at IBM. And now, as an engineer — who happens to be blind — he is working to help Facebook users who are visually impaired “see” photographs on their phones. Starting today in a limited rollout, the Menlo Park, California-based company is using artificial intelligence to describe pictures to the visually impaired with a new feature called automatic alternative text. King, 50, told TODAY that it’s “a major step towards equal access to information.” Using a database of millions of images, Facebook’s “visual recognition engine” picks out people and objects in photos, and can even provide context as to…


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