Facebooking Under the Influence (FUI) could be a real problem for those who love hanging out on Mark Zuckerburg’s social network but can’t give up booze. Content shared when drunk often comes back to haunt these fellas when sober, but by that time the damage is already done.
Well, the good news is that Zuck and company are working on something that could make this problem go away. Through a combo of image recognition and artificial intelligence, Facebook is cooking up a system that would be able to tell whether the user is drunk or sober.
So, once this new system red flags someone, it would serve him/her with the question: "Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?" Hence, with this line of filtration FUI victims will hopefully be able to keep their dignities intact.
The revelation about this forthcoming software was made by Yann LeCun, the head of Facebook's artificial intelligence research lab, in an interview with Wired magazine.
But the AI system isn’t just about keeping Facebook’s drunkards from sharing their unflattering photos. If the experiment proves successful, it could do much more. For instance, this digital assistant, in theory, could also come in handy in identifying those who upload pictures of others without their consent.
Facebook has been using AI and image recognition software a lot lately to improve its user experience. It already tinkers with news feeds to serve the most interesting news stories based on individual liking, while its image recognition system is also quite effective in tagging photos.
It isn’t the only tech giant investing heavily in developing AI solutions. Google, Apple and many others see artificial intelligence as the future of their industry, despite warnings from intellectuals such as Stephen Hawking that AI could end human race on the Earth.
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