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Day 2 of F8 2019: Advances in Computer Vision, Inclusive AI and Other Highlights

Facebook is focusing on the long-term investments they are making in AI and AR/VR. Mike Schroepfer, Chief Technology Officer at Facebook opened the second day of Facebook F8 annual conference talking about AI tools that they are using.

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Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer (Credits: newsroom.fb.com)

After the opening keynote of Schroepfer, he then gave the stage to Manohar Paluri, Direct of Artificial Intelligence and Joaquin Quinonero Candela, Director of Applied Machne Learning at Facebook AI.

Artificial Intelligence

Paluri said that AI powers a large area of products on Facebook. This AI let them control and detect content that violates Facebook policies or the “Community Standards“. Paluri said that they are currently working on to let their AI systems understand content with as little supervision as possible.

He said the advance in Natural Language Processing (NLP) helped them create a digital common language for translation. In a blog post, AI Facebook explained how NLP and Computer Vision (CV) helped Facebook to understand the content and work effectively.

Also, Paluri discusses the new object recognition called “Panoptic FPN” which helped their AI-powered systems understand content form the background photos.

Paluri was followed by Joaquin Candela. He explained about AI being an instrument to keep the platform safe. Candela said that they are building best practices for fairness to avoid bias and to ensure AI protect people and does not discriminate.

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Joaquin Quinonero Candela, Director of Applied Machne Learning at Facebook AI (Credits: newsroom.fb.com)

Margaret Stewart, VP of Product Design at Facebook discussed the development of a new process for inclusive AI. This inclusive AI provides guidelines to help researchers and programmers design datasets, measure product performance, and test new systems through the lens of inclusivity.

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Margaret Stewart, VP of Product Design at Facebook (Credits: newsroom.fb.com)


The Day 2 conference also talks about augmented reality (AR). Engineers of the known Spark AR uses AI to ensure that their software delivers quality AR effects. AI is also used by Oculus engineers for voice commands in virtual reality (VR).

Lade Obamehinti, Technical Business Lead at AR/VR said they are ensuring to help bring people together through their technology. According to her, to achieve this, people who use VR are really present in technology.

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Lade Obamehinti, Technical Business Lead at AR/VR (Credits: newsroom.fb.com)

Ronald Mallet, also from AR/VR team discussed the safety of everyone who is using VR. He said that they created preventive systems like a ”code of conduct’ that promotes respectful culture and interactions. Furthermore, they also developed reactive systems for reporting and blocking users who violate guidelines.

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Ronald Mallet, Research Supervisor at Oculus VR (Credits: newsroom.fb.com)

Lastly, Lindsay Young, Product Manager at Oculus VR talked on how they are preparing for what comes next. She said that all the tools and processes they talked in F8 day 2 were all about bringing voice and opportunity to people and helping people to stay connected.

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Lindsay Young, Product Manager at Oculus VR (Credits: newsroom.fb.com)