Facebook Using Artificial Intelligence To Add Photo Captions For The Visually Impaired

Facebook yesterday announced a new service designed to assist the millions of visually impaired people who use one of its many products on a daily basis. Called automatic alternative text, according to the social media giant the system uses a neural network to automatically generate and append descriptions to photos uploaded to Facebook (an Instagram and WhatsApp rollout is likely in the future). These approximate descriptions can then be read aloud by screen readers, enabling the visually impaired to have an understanding of the contents of a photo. This development also, of course, allows for an automatic tagging of photos beyond the text a user might assign — thus permitting more finely tuned advertising. “Before today, people using screen readers would only hear the name of the person who shared…


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