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Facebook’s future advanced AI will stop you from uploading drunken selfies

Published Dec 9th, 2014 6:45PM EST
Facebook Image Recognition Technology

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At some point in the future when your drunken self will think it’s perfectly fine to upload certain embarrassing selfies to Facebook, the social network will be so smart that it will be able to prevent it. The company is currently working on such advanced artificial intelligence that’ll be able to determine the content of pictures beyond simply recognizing your face or the face of your friends, and tell whether you’re intoxicated or not before offering an automated advice against uploading a picture that the entire world could see.

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Yann LeCun, “a New York University researcher and machine-learning guru who now oversees the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab,” as Wired puts it, wants to create such an advanced machine that’ll be able to offer guidance like a virtual assistant.

The publication says that, “in a virtual way, he explains, this assistant would tap you on the shoulder and say: ‘Uh, this is being posted publicly. Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?’”

By combining image recognition algorithms with “deep learning” technology, LeCun hopes to improve the user’s whole Facebook experience.

“Imagine that you had an intelligent digital assistant which would mediate your interaction with your friends,” LeCun says, “and also with content on Facebook.”

At the same time, the researcher wants to protect the online identity of a person, even though having intelligent machines analyzing personal data might not sound too thrilling to some Facebook users. LeCun says that such an advanced assistant could in the future warn users that someone else is uploading a picture of them to Facebook without their approval.

A complex AI assistant would initially be able to answer simple questions, but in time, it’ll be able to analyze a lot more data than just photos posted on Facebook.

Wired’s extensive look at Facebook’s interest in AI and deep learning technology is available at the source link below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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