Facebook using AI to help blind people ‘see’ photos

Facebook introduced machine learning technology trained to recognise objects in pictures and then describe photos aloud. — AFP picSAN FRANCISCO, April 5 — Facebook yesterday began using artificial intelligence to help people with visual impairments enjoy photos posted at the leading social network. Facebook introduced machine learning technology trained to recognise objects in pictures and then describe photos aloud. “As Facebook becomes an increasingly visual experience, we hope our new automatic alternative text technology will help the blind community experience Facebook the same way others enjoy it,” said accessibility specialist Matt King. The feature was being tested on mobile devices powered by Apple iOS software and which have screen readers set to English. Facebook planned to expand the capability to devices with other kinds of operating systems and add more…


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