AI Helps Blind Navigate Facebook; China’s Panama Papers Scramble

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 11:54 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

File -  The icon of a Facebook app for iPhones is shown in New York. The app, which rolls out on April 5, 2016, uses artificial intelligence to describe photos, faces and objects for blind and viually-impaired users. (AP)

File – The icon of a Facebook app for iPhones is shown in New York. A new feature of the app which Facebook rolled out April 5, 2016, uses artificial intelligence to describe photos, faces and objects for blind and visually-impaired users. (AP)

Facebook Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Visually Impaired

Most of Facebook’s one billion users scroll through their timelines unhindered and unaware that there are many others who cannot see what they see because of visual impairment. Facebook has been working to remedy the situation with a tool powered by artificial intelligence that guides blind users with a mechanical voice and identifies for them the visual elements contained on the Facebook page they are visiting.

Chinese Censors Scramble to Delete All Mentions of Panama Papers on Weibo

Chinese censors are scrambling a day after the so-called Panama Papers Leak, which compromised 11 million internal documents of the law firm Mossack Fonseca. The documents reportedly reveal secret offshore holdings that can be used for tax evasion. The Chinese government has been working to remove any information from the country’s Weibo social media service and any data that could incriminate its top leadership.

Open Source Initiative Taps Analytics to Solve Asia’s Traffic Jams

OpenTraffic is an open source platform that provides city planners and traffic management agencies in the Philippines with the data they need to limit congestion and bolster traffic safety in Cebu and Manila. The platform is the result of a big data partnership between Grab, The World Bank, and the Philippines’ Department of Transportation and Communications

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Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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