At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook demonstrated its latest artificial intelligence (AI) research efforts. Not surprisingly, they are about video.
Video implies a whole bunch of individual images put together. So it logically flows from Facebook’s progress around object recognition and image caption generation using AI.
“You can imagine us building image search on steroids,” Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, Facebook’s director of Applied Machine Learning, said onstage today. Think of what Google Photos lets you do, but think of what Facebook’s implementation would look like — being able to search through all the pictures your Facebook friends have shared. But video is where scalability makes things more challenging and more interesting.
Quiñonero Candela showed off two specific efforts:
1) Generating captions for the things people say in videos.
2) Identifying the people who appear in videos so that they can be tagged, and even associated with specific times in the video, so that users can get right to the moment when a person first appears in the frame.