Facebook Wields Artificial Intelligence To Help Blind Users ‘See’ Photos

Facebook is rolling out a new feature today that will help people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired know what’s contained in a photograph. The feature is called automatic alternative text (or automatic alt text), and it’s job is to audibly describe various elements contained in a photo, such as the number of people, objects in the background, and so forth.Photos are an integral part of the online experience, particularly social networks. Each day, people share over 2 billion photos across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp. While the majority of users are able to view them, Facebook notes there are more than 39 million people who are blind, and over 246 million with a severe visual impairment.”We want to build technology that helps the blind community experience Facebook the…


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