The social network’s engineering boss has revealed that when parents are uploading photographs of their children to Facebook, will in future get a caution of their image is about to be seen by the general public.
About 2 billion photographs are uploaded to Facebook every day and Mr Parikh said deep learning mean in future the system and advances in artificial intelligence can better analyse the content of these images.
Facebook’s vice president of Engineering, it is part of what Jay Parikh, called “a 10-year arc of innovation”, which also includes the likelihood of patients virtually visiting their GP using a 3D digital headset.
It will then make it easier for Facebook to remove, and alert users if photos of family members are about to be made public also “objectionable content” automatically, without the need for a human to check it.
In a chat with comedian Dara O’Briain at a media event in Bloombury on Wednesday night, Mr Parikh said: “There’s ways to keep Facebook safe, so if there’s objectionable content we can find that stuff using these very intelligent systems so that we can weed out this objectionable content faster.”
He added: “If I accidentally upload a photo of my kids playing at the park with the public and when I were to share, this system could say: ‘Hey wait a minute, this is a photo of your kids, normally you post this to just your family members, are you sure you want to do this?’
Mr Parikh also showcased Facebook’s work on virtual reality with the Occulus Rift headset to “totally fool your brain” that it is “physically somewhere else”.
Deep learning will also give blind and visually-impaired Facebook users a better experience via a “q&a” system that tells the user who is in a photograph, where the subject is and what they are doing.
Mr Parikh said: “You can imagine working with somebody else and you could be building stuff, be on a virtual whiteboard far away from each other, writing out ideas together, you could be jumping into a classroom.
Touch controllers allow users to interact, build things and collaborate in the digital world.
“You could be in the same conference room together versus gazing at this little screen on your laptop.”
He was also thorough about the provocative Internet.org project to bring the internet to the developing world, particularly to the rural communities.
Particularly in India, the scheme is controversial, amid fears it will kill net neutrality.
Mr Parikh said superfast internet will beamed by laser from an unmanned solar-powered drone circling at up to 90,000ft down to a ground basestation, for three months at a time.
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