This Artificial Intelligence Program Assists Blind Facebook Users

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Apr 6, 2016
References: newsroom.fb & gizmag
Blind Facebook users have for too long now missed out on a big chunk of the Facebook experience, due to their inability to enjoy photos on News Feeds -- this means that blind and visually impaired Facebook users have long missed out on updates shared through photographic forms. To battle this, Facebook engineers are using an artificial intelligence network to describe photos to blind and visually impaired users.

This artificial intelligence software compares objects within photos to its vast database of photos and makes a guess of what's being depicted. The system returns a confidence score for each image, to give blind Facebook users extra context.

Ultimately, this software will help blind Facebook users get more out of their social networking, thereby making Facebook more inclusive and welcoming than ever before.