Facebook has introduced an AI, known as “DeepText,”, this Artificial Intelligent system can perform word-level and character-level based learning. 400,000 new stories and 125,000 comments on public posts are shared every minute on Facebook, DeepText will help analyze thousands of posts per second across 20 different languages, all with near-human accuracy.
“Text is a prevalent form of communication on Facebook. Understanding the various ways text is used on Facebook can help us improve people’s experiences with our products, whether we’re surfacing more of the content that people want to see or filtering out undesirable content like spam.
We built DeepText, a deep learning-based text understanding engine that can understand with near-human accuracy the textual content of several thousands posts per second, spanning more than 20 languages.”
For Facebook users just like you and I, this means the company can will be able to identify the messages you send, your posts, pages and other content available via your profile, this will enable them to better improve people’s experiences with their products and offer suggestions or other helpful options. In simple terms, Facebook AI will track your every move so as to gather information towards improving the platform.
For example, if someone writes a post that says, “ I would like to sell my old computer for $500, who is interested?” Facebook’s AI, DeepText would be able to detect that the post is about selling something, and which it will extract the meaningful information such as the object to be sold and its price, and prompt the seller to use existing tools that make these transactions easier through Facebook. This will only work out well if slags or jargon are not used, since Artificial Intelligence find it difficult to understand such.
Facebook is also introducing this kind of technology so as to help pinpoint and filter out malicious, hateful or otherwise hurtful speech on its social network. The company reported that its AI systems already report more photos that could be found offensive than humans, in essence it will make the network a safer place.
This wouldn’t seem to play well for privacy conscious users, earlier rumor suggests the company is working towards making its Messenger platform more secure by introducing end-to-end encryption, the rumor also state that the security feature will be opt-in, meaning it wouldn’t be turned on all the time for users giving the company access to user data. DeepText of course will help Facebook in improving user experience but it will also opens the floor to several questions about privacy.
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Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the intelligence exhibited by machines. Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is likely to be applied when a machine uses cutting-edge techniques to competently perform or mimic “cognitive” functions that we intuitively associate with human minds, such as “learning” and “problem solving”.Modern examples of AI include computers that can beat professional players at Chess and Go, and self-driving cars that navigate crowded city streets.