Facebook is Teaching Their AI How to See and Understand

Will Schmidt

It seems like everywhere I look these days is something about artificial intelligence (AI). Only yesterday I wrote about how Google is using their AI script to help search engine marketers shape a new future for their industry.

In the article, I mentioned that it's important we, as humans, stop focusing only on the dire warnings folks like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are saying about AI and focus more on the positive, immediate benefits to be had now. That is, there's so much good we can do with AI and machine learning to help people in all aspects of life.

Case in point is a video that Facebook Engineering posted today describing the smart, AI systems they're building to enhance peoples' lives. Specifically, they're helping blind people “see” photos for the first time by having their script analyze the image and describe what's in it and what the user engagement via comments is like.

It's pretty awesome, and it definitely pulls the heart strings. Check it out:

https://www.facebook.com/Engineering/videos/10153621590557200/?fref=nf

Image Credit: Facebook's Video

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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