How Facebook is using artificial intelligence to help the blind ‘see’

Facebook has increasingly become a visual medium, allowing users to share endless streams of photos with their friends. But imagine not being able to participate in the visual experience. That is the reality for more than 39 million people who are blind and more than 246 million others who have severe visual impairment.But now, Facebook just got much more accessible.On Monday, the social media giant launched the new “automatic alternative text” feature that uses object recognition technology to provide a basic spoken description of a photo’s contents to people who are using screen readers. Previously, the readers automated voice could describe only the name of the person who shared the photo, the text that accompanied the photo, and the word “photo.” That meant that when users posted photos without any text, their blind…


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