Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has given more details of what the social network is doing with artificial intelligence (AI) technology, in a public Q&A on his own page. “Most of our AI research is focused on understanding the meaning of what people share. For example, if you take a photo that has a friend in it, then we should make sure that friend sees it,” he wrote. “If you take a photo of a dog or write a post about politics, we should understand that so we can show that post and help you connect to people who like dogs and politics.”

Then it got a bit… spooky. “In order to do this really well, our goal is to build AI systems that are better than humans at our primary senses: vision, listening, etc: For vision, we’re building systems that can recognise everything that’s in an image or a video. This includes people, objects, scenes, etc. These systems need to understand the context of the images and videos as well as whatever is in them. For listening and language, we’re focusing on translating speech to text, text between any languages, and also being able to answer any natural language question you ask.”

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