Why Facebook is Researching Artificial Intelligence

The artificial intelligence programs Facebook is developing to analyze photos are getting pretty good. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, gave a few examples while speaking to reporters at the Web Summit in Dublin this week. They included a program that could look at a photo of an infant and understand that it’s looking at a baby and describe what the baby is doing. Facebook is also working on artificial intelligence that could look at a stack of blocks and determine whether it’s at risk of falling down. “So much of sharing on social networks is photos and videos,” Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, said Tuesday at the Web Summit in Dublin, according to CNBC. “Much of your brain is dedicated to processing visual imagery. So one of the…


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