Facebook Is Using AI to Help Blind People See Photos


Facebook has announced a new tool which is designed to help blind people see or understand what is pictured in photos on Facebook.

The tool uses artificial intelligence and it describes a picture on Facebook and what is featured in that photo, have a look at the video below.

Automatic alternative text, or automatic alt text, is a new development that generates a description of a photo using advancements in object recognition technology. People using screen readers on iOS devices will hear a list of items a photo may contain as they swipe past photos on Facebook. Before today, people using screen readers would only hear the name of the person who shared the photo, followed by the term “photo” when they came upon an image in News Feed. Now we can offer a richer description of what’s in a photo thanks to automatic alt text. For instance, someone could now hear, “Image may contain three people, smiling, outdoors.”

The new tool is being made available on iOS devices at first it is also headed to more platforms in the future, at the moment it is only available in English although more language support is coming in the future.

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