Why Facebook Artificial Intelligence

    Every year, your Facebook news feed becomes one and a half times longer, and the time in days is not added. Therefore, the social network is trying to configure the delivery of news in such a way that you receive only interesting and necessary messages. Since 2010, Facebook has not been giving out the feed completely, ranking user entries by unknown parameters. Now the network is working on artificial intelligence, capable of recognizing both text and its meaning, as well as objects and people in photographs. Facebook is trying to become more interesting for all users and more accessible for people with disabilities.

    Using these photos, Facebook developers teach the system to recognize dog breeds.

    Artificial Intelligence

    Facebook Vice President Mike Schrepfer spoke at Dublin Wet Summit on Tuesday morning November 3, 2015. Mike spoke about the urgent need for Facebook to create a system that can understand the world and better filter it. Therefore, the company assembled the FAIR team - the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Team. Developers train the system to understand the world as people, through language, images, planning and predictions.

    Facebook has long been finding faces in photographs, but the team taught the computer how to recognize other objects in photographs and give them names. Next week, Facebook wants to talk about how developers learned to segment images thirty percent faster using less training data than they needed before.

    Now the artificial intelligence system can determine the breed of the dog in the image. For this, the system was trained using photographs of dogs. And this “skill” of artificial intelligence can be used by Facebook to set up news feeds, to help people with disabilities, and to improve M’s own voice assistant - competitor Siri and Google Now.

    Intelligent news feed customization

    Every year your tape increases by 40-50%. At the same time, from 40% of the total time on Facebook you spend it in the stream. Internet penetration is increasing, the number of users of social networks is growing, you are adding new friends, and your new friends and pages are starting to write more and more. But do you need all this information?

    Schrefer explains that artificial intelligence capabilities will help users better tune the tape. You just need to explain to the social network that you like photographs of children, but don’t like latte art.

    The second way to use this Facebook skill is to search through your photos with certain parameters: for example, you can find photos from a vacation on the sea. The third method concerns photo processing: you can take a photo in black and white, leaving the fragment you need in color. Facebook's visual skills will work along with speech recognition.

    Expanding opportunities for people with disabilities

    Deafblind people use the Braille display to receive information from the Internet , blind people use the same font or sound, and visually impaired people use sound or enlarged fonts and a special
    website interface. Facebook plans to help the visually impaired and blind with the help of artificial intelligence.

    Schrefer said the company is in the early stages of creating a product for 285 million people on the planet with visual impairments and 40 million blind people. Facebook will help them communicate with the artificial intelligence system to enable them to find out what is shown in the photos in their feed.


    In August 2015, several hundred people in San Francisco began testing M's personal digital assistant . He is a competitor to Siri and Google Now and works in the Facebook Messenger mobile app. The above-mentioned activities of the company will help expand the capabilities of the "virtual assistant."

    M is now learning to communicate with real people. When you ask M for help buying flowers, he asks the questions, “What is your budget?” and “To whom do you want to send them?” To do this, the system monitors communications between living people.

    PS And by the way - the Facebook application for Android does not record your conversations. If you enable this option, the company, while writing your next status, will just try to analyze the audio environment and calculate what kind of music or television / radio broadcasts are currently being played.

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