Facebook Just Launched AI-Powered Technology That Reads Photos to the Blind

In its relatively short life, Facebook has grown more and more visual; its users upload and share some 350 million photos every day. The social network says that evolution has made its platform a more “fun and expressive way” to communicate, but it has also marginalized a subset of its users: the blind. On Tuesday, Facebook fb is introducing new technology to help bring that group back into its fold. Facebook’s new automatic alternative text, or automatic alt text, feature will generate photo descriptions for users relying on a screen reader—a tool for the visually impaired that reads the web pages aloud. Before Tuesday, users of screen readers would hear the name of the person who shared the photo, followed by the term “photo” when they’d scroll past an image…


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