Facebook AI tool wants to save you from embarrassment

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Facebook is working on an artificial intelligence tool that will give out a warning when you are about to post something on the social networking site that you may regret later thereby preventing you from embarrassment.

Head of Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (Fair) lab, Yann LeCun, and his team have already laid out the groundwork for the tool.

LeCun wants to build a kind of Facebook digital assistant that will recognize when you are uploading an embarrassing photo from a late-night party. In a virtual way, LeCun said, this assistant would tap you on the shoulder and say: “Uh, this is being posted publicly. Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?”

Such a tool would rely on image recognition technology that can distinguish between your drunken self and your sober self, ‘Wired’ reported. The larger aim, LeCun said, is to create things like the digital assistant that can closely analyze not only photos but all sorts of other stuff posted to Facebook.

“You need a machine to really understand content and understand people and be able to hold all that data,” he said.

LeCun’s Facebook lab has already developed algorithms that examine a user’s overall Facebook behavior in an effort to identify the right content for their news feed – content they are likely to click on – and they will soon analyze the text users type into status posts, automatically suggesting relevant hashtags.

LeCun and his team are also looking towards AI systems that can understand Facebook data in more complex ways. “Imagine that you had an intelligent digital assistant which would mediate your interaction with your friends and also with content on Facebook,” LeCun said.

LeCun also envisions a Facebook that instantly notifies you when someone you don’t know posts your photo to the social network without your approval.