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IN Science & Technology ON 05 Apr, 2016
Facebook connects above 1.5 billion people all over the world, and makes them feel as one, virtually though. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been making impact on the society through various applications of technology in different spheres. For the blind and visually impaired, Facebook as come up with yet another idea that will help them through.
Till now, there was technology in place to describe a picture on Facebook, and to read out what is written inside an image.
But, owing to the advancements in artificial intelligence, Facebook has come up with a brilliant innovation.
"You just think about how much of your news feed is visual - and is probably most of it - and so often people will make a comment about a photo or they'll say something about it when they post it, but they won't really tell you what is in the photo."
"So for somebody like myself, it can be really like, 'Ok, what's going on here? What's the discussion all about?", said Matt. So, Facebook has come up with something called "Automatic Alternative Text", which will exploit audio and image recognition to describe all of it to the visually impaired.
"If your friend posts a picture from her hiking trip, for example, the app will now be smart enough to recognize visual cues from the photo and say aloud, 'Image may contain: two people, smiling, sunglasses, sky, outdoor, water'."
"What you might do in 15 or 20 minutes, just sitting back enjoying a cup of coffee, looking at what pictures your friends posted, an equivalent activity [for me] would've been like four hours of strenuous figuring out what to do," King said. "It's a feeling like all of technology and society is moving against you. You're shoved to the margins yet again."
Or, you can do it manually through these steps: Settings -> General -> Accessibility and flip on VoiceOver. Facebook team is still working hard to make it better still.