Facebook Inc (FB) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Google’s Pursuit for Artificial Intelligence

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Two big companies, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), have been pursuing artificial intelligence vigorously. The social media company is testing AI features to enable users to answer questions about a photo. The company indicated that the objective of the feature was to help blind people see images that were uploaded to the social networking site. On the other hand, the search engine giant will use a fresh tool to reply to user’s emails. Though it looked like a hectic competition, both companies were focusing on very different aspects.

Pushing Hard To Create AI Capabilities

During a web conference in Ireland, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s CTO, Mike Schroepfer, said that the company was able to progress in the artificial intelligence program. It has been pushing hard in AI along with other tech firms like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google.  The social media firm unveiled a technology earlier this year that is known as ‘Memory Networks.’ That enables a machine to carry out the sophisticated question and answer. There was a demonstration where a system was fed with the synopsis and answers the questions.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s Schroepfer confirmed that the company was engaged in a trial that will enable a machine to spot various aspects of a picture. It would then answer questions about it. He said that there was a lot in the visual and most of the sharing was either videos or photos on social networking sites. Therefore, most of the time of the user was devoted to processing visual imagery. The CTO said that one of the important factors to establish the system was teaching computers to realize the visual world. He indicated that the company would come out with some breakthrough of work that it has done probably on image segmentation.

Automated Reply

On the other hand, it is well-known fact that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google has been in the process of developing a driver-less car with the help of artificial intelligence. The company is now applying a different twist on the idea of ‘automated reply’. The search engine giant’s new tool would help to write responses to the email by artificial intelligence method. It was part of an update program to Google’s Inbox app. The update would manage, as well as, organize emails. The company is currently engaged in training machines on how to reduce the burden of humans by shifting some of the tasks managed by humans.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google is also said to be using an artificial program known as ‘RankBrain’ to help conclude the pecking order in its search results. In the last six-year period, the company is involved in the car project without any need for a human to steer the wheel. As far as the current experiment is concerned, the search engine giant indicated that it has established a program, which identifies the incoming email that merit immediate responses. That will be followed by figuring out the proper wording of the mail.

Choices Given To Users

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google indicated that the users would be given three options before a reply is sent. The responses that the user chooses would enable its computers to understand the ones that work best for the user. The company believes that its new ‘smart reply’ choice would be popular among the smartphone users even on smaller device with touch-screen keyboards.

Others like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have Siri in the Artificial Intelligence space. Technology companies have an increased focus on AI now since they believe it to be the next growth driver and will find ways to make life easier for users.

Viraj Shah

Viraj Shah has completed M.Com (Finance) and is currently pursuing his CFP. He tracks US markets along with other global markets like India very closely. He is very passionate about stocks, real estate, and technology. He also believes that money can always be made in the market.

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