Facebook taps artificial intelligence for users with disabilities

Calif. — Matt King, a software engineer who has been blind since college, came to Facebook last summer with a mission: to make websites and mobile apps friendlier for people like him with disabilities.

King, 50, uses screen-reader software that turns Web pages and documents into synthesized speech. The challenge he confronts every day: As many as half of websites are nearly impossible for him to browse.

Facebook is re-engineering its website and mobile apps, and it’s brainstorming a new generation of futuristic products that harness the power of artificial intelligence to improve the experience of Facebook for people with disabilities.

The first is an automated captioning tool launching in April that will help the visually impaired “see” a photo on Facebook by describing what’s in it.

Curated by (Lifekludger)
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