Facebook's new goal for AI: Searching through photos and video
It's also using the technology to do something much simpler: help you quickly find the photos you're searching for or the videos you want to see on the social network.
The company showed off several new ways to use "machine learning," a form of AI where computers can learn to work without first being programmed, to search through its massive trove of photos and videos.
"We're doing research on cracking the image open, and understanding it on an individual pixel level," Joaquin Candela, head of Facebook's Applied Machine Learning group, said Wednesday at F8, the company's annual conference for software developers.
That includes typing in a keyword like "snow" and having photos from your last snow trip pop up. Facebook could then build the tool out "on steroids," where you could say you wanted to see a picture with snow, two trees, four people and a cabin in the background.