[Art_beyond_sight_educators] {Disarmed} Facebook description generation, photography

Lisa Yayla fnugg at online.no
Tue Jun 21 07:20:14 UTC 2016

Facebook Helps Blind People “See” Photos With AI

Facebook rolled out a new accessibility feature to help the blind or 
visually impaired people “see” photos on their news feed....

Introducing /automatic alternative text/, it enables Facebook’s AI to 
generate description for photos to be read aloud.

“This is possible because of Facebook’s object recognition technology, 
which is based on a neural network that has billions of parameters and 
is trained with millions of examples,” said Facebook in a blog post 

According to BBC <http://www.bbc.com/news/disability-35881779>, 
Facebook’s AI can now recognize over 80 objects and activities.


Facebook AI technology describes photos to blind users


How Facebook Is Helping Blind People 'See' Photos


Facebook Adds New Feature Using Artificial Intelligence To Allow 
Visually Impaired Users 'See' Photos


Facebook helps blind users 'see' photos
The feature provides users with a text description of an image using a 
software which recognises 100 objects, activities and food.


Broken Screen: Living With Blindness

She began the project by visiting Visions 
<http://www.visionsvcb.org/visions/> in New York, a center that offers 
courses to visually impaired people. She was led to a photography class 
taught by a sighted person.


Seeing with Photography


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