Hashtags are a wonderful thing when you consider just how much exposure they can get your posts on social media, but you’re not the only one benefiting from them. During their annual F8 conference, Facebook shared that it was using images shared publically on Instagram to train their AI algorithms for better object recognition. Facebook said they’re using images which are paired with appropriate hashtags to create pools of data sets that would then be used to train their AI algorithms. Typically, the creation of data sets involves heavy human involvement, with the need to tag every image with the right descriptors. By leveraging more than a billion photos available on Instagram, Facebook has minimised the effort required by humans to analyse the data and annotate it. In many ways, this is an incredibly smart move by Facebook, potentially shortening the amount of time it takes to train neural networks now that it has ready-made datasets, but, it also raises some big concerns.
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