Facebook Moves Forward With Artificial Intelligence and Social VR

Posted 4/15/2016 8:37:47 AM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Facebook Moves Forward With Artificial Intelligence and Social VR
There was a lot of news covering products available now for developers that was introduced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco. The company also provided a glimpse of what the future holds for artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

Facebook is looking forward to the potential for virtual reality to drive the future of social platforms. The company recently established a Social VR team to examine how people can connect and share using today’s VR technology, as well as long-term possibilities as VR evolves into an increasingly important computing platform. Some of the challenges they’re working on involve combining a sense of presence with the ability to interact with the environment and communicating through body language as well as voice.

On the artificial intelligence front, the Applied Machine Learning team gave F8 attendees a glimpse into the AI backbone that powers various Facebook experiences. The team’s ongoing research efforts are designed to offer new ways for people to connect, with capabilities such as language translation, image understanding that allows photos to be searched for and classified by the image context rather than tags, and classifying videos in real time to help navigate the increasing content people create every day.

According to Facebook’s Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, “we built an AI backbone that powers much of the Facebook experience and is used actively by more than 25 percent of all engineers across the company. Powered by a massive 40 PFLOPS GPU cluster that teams are using to train really large models with billions of parameters on huge data sets of trillions of examples, teams across the company are running 50x more AI experiments per day than a year ago, which means that research is going into production faster than ever.”

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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