Facebook Is Teaching A.I. How to See

On Thursday, Facebook announced another gift to the artificial intelligence community when it made its computer vision tools open-source, with hopes that one day computers will be able to recognize images and relay that information to people who can’t see. It comes down to three visual elements — DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet — that comprise a powerful tool designed to bestow the wonder of sight upon now-blind computers. And in turn, those computers will help bestow sight to blind humans, improve image search, and could one day even help make cars fully autonomous. If we’re lucky, we come into the world with functioning eyes. Soon enough, we begin to understand what we’re seeing, then we begin to understand that we’re seeing things. After a bit more time passes, we come…


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