The accessibility measures included by modern smartphones are one of the latest technological contributions for persons with disabilities. The two big technology companies behind the main operating system, Apple and Android, as well as other relevant players, have taken this problem very seriously for some time. Now, Instagram adds artificial intelligence (specifically, machine learning) to detect what is in the uploaded photo and tell it to people with vision problems.
Instagram calls this function automatic alternative text, and allows you to listen to descriptions in the most frequently used parts of the application: Feed, Browse, and Profile. In machine learning, according to the company, it is used object recognition technology, with a trained model.
Besides automatic detection, Alternative manual texts will also become a reality on Instagram. Now, when uploading a photo, the user can write a description of the added image, so users with vision problems will be able to know more accurately.
How to work image recognition on other social networks
Facebook announced in 2016 the function to describe photos with artificial intelligence, but only for its main social network. Therefore, strange that it took more than two years to bring something that really helped millions of users on Instagram. Facebook also allows you to add text to users
Accessibility is also important for Twitter, which since 2016 also allows users to upload photos add text descriptions of content. The punishment is that, its function, for now seems far from what Instagram and Facebook implemented.
I am a blind twitter user. There are lots of people out there. Improve your ability to contact us and help us interact with your photos, it's very simple and makes a big difference to our twitter experience allowing us to see your pictures in our way. Thank you for the description ? pic.twitter.com/hCsjoFdmev
– Rob Long (@NetworkLong) January 3, 2018
The explanation is clear, Twitter does not have an automatic object recognition model, but it demands that the user write a description, something that, even though some users have explained and asked for it, is unusual.
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