Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is working on a new feature that will warn people if they try to post drunken images. Inappropriate and embarrassing photos may not be a problem in the coming days with this new feature planned by Facebook. Researchers based at Facebook’s New York and California offices are working toward such a virtual conscience.
A type of personal assistant
The new feature will warn users and prompt them to consider of dropping the idea of sharing their drunken pics because the social media giant does not want any overshares. The need for such a feature is felt because at times, people post photos online that are weird, and later on they regret sharing those.
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Facebook’s AI Research lab is just a year old and is headed by Yann LeCun, an NYU researcher. LeCun wishes to enhance the overall user experience, for which it is conducting research on users’ behavior. LeCun and his team are working on the development of a digital assistant that will pose questions whenever any user tries to upload photos that could be embarrassing.
The assistant will work as a designated driver, as he told the magazine Wired. “Uh, this is being posted publicly,” LeCun’s assistant will tell someone before they post a wild photo. “Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?” the assistant will ask.
Facebook focusing on AI
Besides this, there is an additional security measure planned by Facebook that gives users a warning if a photo of them is posted by another person who could be completely unknown to the person featured in the photograph, reports Wired.
The feature will require something that could analyze everything that’s uploaded to the platform, from video to pictures. LeCun says they need a machine that can interpret content and people and hold all the data. Since 2013, LeCun’s team has been working on the project. At that time, Facebook collaborated with New York University to develop a research lab focusing on artificial intelligence.
Facebook’s artificial intelligence lab will be the largest research facility of its kind in the world, says LeCun, who refused to provide any numbers. Facebook has chosen three locations for establishing its labs. These will be at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., New York, and London.