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According to a Google+ post put out by the lauded professor of computer and neural sciences, Yann LeCun, the social...
According to a Google+ post put out by the lauded professor of computer and neural sciences, Yann LeCun, the social media innovator and multi-billion dollar conglomerate, Facebook, is positioning itself to become a major player in the next wave of Artificial Intelligence technology.
LeCun, who is employed at NYU, confirmed plans for a brand new research laboratory dedicated to “bring(ing) about major changes in artificial intelligence.” This project also encompasses a partnership between Facebook and the NYU Center for Data Science.
This exciting and broad-scoped undertaking comes as no surprise to industry insiders. With Facebook’s stock prices underperforming and targeted ads having lukewarm success, the demand for a more effective A.I. is at an all-time high. Luckily for Zuckerberg, the technical team on board for the project represents some of the most capable minds in the field.
And that’s exactly what he’ll need to live up to the hype that this announcement is generating.
Facebook’s database consists of the personal information of a 7th of the world’s population. Over a billion users put their online personas on public display, and this is a tasty tidbit for advertisers everywhere. Knowledge is power after all, and if you have access to all the people, you can sell them anything.
The problem is the amount of data is so massive that it can be tough for even the most powerful supercomputer to parse out, thus the need for a newer, more efficient A.I.
To meet this need, the technical team plans to test out brand new approaches to Artificial Intelligence programs—ones that can sort through these gigantic mounds of content, and reveal powerful insights about individuals as well as more general population trends.
At the end of the day this project is about connecting users with what interests them, and doing so through intuitive programming—the likes of which the world has never seen. And that, of course, is the very heart of social media in the first place.