Facebook’s Image Recognition Is Smart And This Browser Extension Shows How

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Jan 4, 2017
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Facebook is a huge hub for all the content that users share with their friends and family. According to the company, users share more than 2 billion photos each day on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and the Facebook Messenger. With such a gigantic number of content, the company ensures that visually impaired people do get to see them with the help of Facebook’s image recognition technology. Let’s see some more details on how smart Facebook’s image recognition is.

Facebook’s Image Recognition Is Smart With Machine Generated Tags And Descriptions

When you upload a specific photograph to your Facebook account, the company determines the actual objects in an image. It determines not just the object, but scenes whether the photo is indoors or outdoors. The company is aware of all this even though you have not added any description. So without any added information, the company has the technology to determine what the photo is all about. This on its own have various benefits for people which we will talk about later on.

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On that note, Facebook has spent quite a boatload of time building tech that would make it possible for the company to recognize photos. Moreover, it would analyze photos and tag them along with descriptions of all the content and objects. the best part about the image recognition is that it is pretty accurate. The benefits associated with it is that visually impaired people would make use of the tags and descriptions through a screen reading software and know what is happening in the photo. This will make the social platform available to a wider audience.

So even if you’re eating a specific kind of food, resting on the beach, taking your dog out for a walk, Facebook can now accurately figure out in the form of tags and description for the visually impaired people. The captions are generated through machines to make photos more accessible. This is definitely a step ahead for the company and an overall benefit for the society.

If you’re interested in trying it, the browser extension is available for both, Google Chrome as well as Firefox. The extension has been built by California-based developer Adam Geitgey. So do check it out if you haven’t already.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Facebook’s image recognition? Do you think it is a helpful step? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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