Facebook Taps Into Artificial Intelligence to Help Blind People See Photos

In recent months, Silicon Valley companies like Microsoft and Twitter have unveiled new technology that is designed to accommodate the blind. On Tuesday, Facebook jumped onboard with automatic alternative text, a new feature that uses artificial intelligence to describe aloud the contents of photos for visually impaired users, such as how many people are in the photo, whether those people are smiling and how many people have liked the photo using Facebook’s in-house object recognition technology. Prior to automatic alternative text, a visually impaired person needed a human guide for timeline photos. [embedded content] Much like the algorithms in Google that beat the world’s best Go player in South Korea, Facebook’s technology is a self-learning neural network with billions of parameters. The computer learns objects by studying millions of examples.   Try Newsweek: Subscription offers Facebook estimates that over 285…


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