Facebook launches Facebook for the blind tool

Posted on Apr 5 2016 - 4:44pm by In-house Geek

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook inc. just announced a landmark achievement today. Facebook users who are blind can now use a new Facebook intelligence tool to identify pictures!.

Zuckerberg announced this today in via his Facebook page. He wrote:

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

We just launched a tool that uses artificial intelligence to help people who are blind experience photos on Facebook.

When blind or visually impaired people use the internet, they use something called a screen reader that turns text into spoken words. But until now, screen readers haven’t been able to describe what’s in a photo.

Using artificial intelligence, we’re able to understand what’s in a photo and describe that for someone using words. This is a great use of AI technology, and it’s an important step towards making sure everyone has equal access to information and is included in the conversation. Check out this video to see how it works.