World’s Most Detailed Population Map Being Created By Facebook Using Machine Learning

Facebook wants to learn more about where people around the world live and how they prefer to connect to the Internet. While there are hundreds of algorithms out there which provide detailed population information, none of these are enough to fulfill the social giant’s requirements. So, the company is doing the most logical thing. It is designing its own population maps. Facebook’s Connectivity Lab took up this project along with the company’s data science division, infrastructure unit, and machine learning and artificial intelligence groups a few months ago. The company covered 21.6 million across 20 countries, which accounted for 14.6 billion images (over 350 TB of data) and analysed this graphical data to find evidence of human settlements. The company used regular visual processing techniques including the image-recognition engine Facebook uses to identify people’s faces in photos…


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