- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Facebook is working on implementing artificial intelligence into the popular social media platform to protect its users — from themselves.

The man behind Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research lab, Yann LeCun, envisions a day when AI will give late-night posts by intoxicated users every opportunity to turn back before it’s too late.

Mr. LeCun talked to Wired on Tuesday and said he believes future AI will be like an assistant that can say, “Uh, this is being posted publicly. Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?”

The technology Facebook is spearheading would work by recognizing the difference between what a user looks like while sober and what he or she looks like while drunk, the magazine reported. The AI, which Mr. LeCun helped develop, is called “deep learning.”

“Imagine that you had an intelligent digital assistant which would mediate your interaction with your friends, and also with content on Facebook,” Mr. LeCun told Wired.

Mr. LeCun also told the magazine that Facebook is working on technology that will notify users when someone they don’t know posts their picture on the platform without approval.

“You will have a single point of contact to mediate your interaction but also to protect your private information,” Mr. LeCun told Wired.


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