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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Facebook Artificial Intelligence (AI) To Assist The Blind

Facebook Begins Using Artificial Intelligence to Describe Photos to Blind Users

Second Sight

Casey Newton | April 5, 2016

Ask a member of Facebook’s growth team what feature played the biggest role in getting the company to a billion daily users, and they’ll likely tell you it was photos. The endless stream of pictures, which users have been able to upload since 2005, a year after Facebook’s launch, makes the social network irresistible to a global audience. It’s difficult to imagine Facebook without photos. Yet for millions of blind and visually impaired people, that’s been the reality for over a decade.
Not anymore. Today Facebook will begin automatically describing the content of photos to blind and visually impaired users.


<more at; related links: (Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Blind People ‘See’ Facebook. April 4, 2016) and (Facebook’s AI Is Now Automatically Writing Photo Captions. April 5, 2016)>

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