Facebook quietly used AI to solve the problem of searching through your photos

For the past few months, Facebook has secretly been rolling out a new feature to US users: the ability to search photos by what’s depicted in them, rather than by captions or tags. The idea itself isn’t new: Google Photos had this feature built in when it launched in 2015. But on Facebook, the update solves a longstanding organization problem. It means finally being able to find that picture of your friend’s dog from 2013, or the selfie your mom posted from Mount Rushmore in 2009… without 20 minutes of scrolling. To make photos searchable, Facebook analyzes every single image that’s uploaded to the site, generating rough descriptions of each one. This data is publicly available—there’s even a Chrome extension that will show you what Facebook’s AI thinks is in…


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