Image recognition at Facebook: How machine learning is helping computers — and people who are blind — ’see’ digital photos

As we become increasingly reliant on machines to perform our daily tasks — from answering our emails to driving our cars — we are exposed to the limitations of technology as it attempts to perform complex human operations such as natural language processing and image recognition. To address this, Facebook is leveraging its repository of user-uploaded photos to improve accuracy of image recognition technologies to enable computers — and people who are blind — to ‘see’ in natural contexts.