How Facebook is teaching computers to see

Brief overview of how Facebook is using Convolutional Neural Networks to mine the enormous amount of free data they have. It’s also interesting to note that they are attempting to use Artificial Intelligence to understand the content in posts, videos and text.

So make sure you know what Facebook is doing with the information you post there.


Facebook today launched its Moments product, which uses Facebook’s image recognition abilities to scan your photos for your friends and then lets people create private photo albums with a particular group, such as the people in the photo. The idea is to make it easier to share photos from a big event among attendees without the cumbersome process of emailing snapshots to everyone or the awkward end-of-event huddle while six people take the exact same group shot. It’s not a cure for cancer, but behind the scenes of this new feature is an impressive technology that Facebook has been working on for years.

A key element of the Moments feature is the ability for Facebook’s algorithms to recognize people’s faces across different photos, so that Moments knows who was at the event. This requires computer vision expertise that companies such as Google, Microsoft, Baidu, and others are currently…

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