Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer issued the social network’s strongest response to date to the controversy over a 2012 study in which the News Feeds of 689,003 randomly selected Facebook users were manipulated in terms of positive or negative stories to gauge their emotional effects, promising in a Newsroom post that changes would be made to the way Facebook conducts research, including clearer guidelines, review teams, training, and a portal for all of the company’s research.
Sharewall, which allows users to access content that would otherwise be locked behind paywalls by using sharing on Facebook and other social networks as currency, announced Tuesday that it has launched an artificial-intelligence engine.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed advances in search during the company’s second-quarter earnings call last month, and the social network appears to be moving forward on that front, testing the ability by users of its mobile applications to search friends’ older posts by keyword, according to Bloomberg.
Facebook’s acquisition of immersive virtual reality technology company Oculus VR officially closed earlier this week, and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took some time during the social network’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday to discuss how the combination of the two companies could impact the future of computing.
A common perception of Facebook’s efforts on the search front is that they have stalled since its introduction of Graph Search at the beginning of last year, but this is not so, Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday during the company’s second-quarter earnings call.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg participated in a $40 million funding round in Vicarious, which describes itself as “a secretive artificial-intelligence company,” according to The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog.
An accuracy rate of 97.25 percent is fairly impressive in most cases, and when it comes to facial recognition, DeepFace, a facial-verification software project being developed by Facebook, reached that level, according to a research paper released by the social network last week, which added that human beings shown two unfamiliar photos of faces were able to identify whether or not the subjects were the same person 97.53 percent of the time, barely edging out DeepFace.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Many buildings in Manhattan walk the fine line between maintaining their lush histories and upgrading their interiors and amenities to keep up with today’s needs, and Facebook’s new office at 770 Broadway is no exception, as many of the social network’s New York-based employees found out Monday, which was moving day into the Frank Gehry-designed space.