Facebook Is Going To Use Artificial Intelligence To Map Your Homes

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Facebook is now using its important research strength to develop detailed maps of places it believes people are living, and will determine what factors are influencing their online activity. The charts should assist Facebook in determining where internet-beaming drones would best be placed. Currently, ten percent of the global population does not have access to the internet.

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The venture belongs to Facebook’s Connectivity Labs, the tech limb of their successful project Internet.org, which handles drones, broadcast satellites, and optical lasers with the aim of providing internet access to remote locations and growing nations. Alongside improved mapping, the corporation is in a position to see whether wireless/Wi-Fi open spots or mobile solutions would be more effective when delivering the internet—and Facebook—to the people.

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Image Source: Facebook – DigitalGlobe satellite image of Naivasha, Kenya.

Whatever technological solution will eventually be used to connect these people, accurate knowledge about the population distribution is at the core of its development. Creating a data set with high spatial resolution for some of the countries that could benefit from better internet connectivity is a large undertaking,” states the report published by Facebook. “Aggregate population counts on the spatial scale of provinces or districts are known from population censuses but alone are insufficient, as these areas vary in geographical size and do not provide insight about population distributions on a granular level.

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DigitalGlobe satellite image of Naivasha, Kenya (left) and gridded population of the world v4 from CIESIN at Columbia University (right).

To create the maps, Connectivity Labs worked in collaboration with Facebook’s information research department, substructure department, and machine studying and artificial-intelligence teams. The group evaluated planet images of twenty nations, covering 21.6 million square kilometers; the images amounted to three hundred and fifty terabytes of information.

Working with a combination of computer sight strategies—such as the picture-identification system Facebook utilizes to recognize customers’ faces in pictures—the group managed to identify man-made structures. The corporation emphasized that it did not utilize any Facebook images when making their data files.

Image Source: Facebook - DigitalGlobe satellite image of Naivasha, Kenya (left) and population distribution map of the same area from WorldPop (right). (Courtesy of WorldPop under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.)
Image Source: Facebook – DigitalGlobe satellite image of Naivasha, Kenya (left) and population distribution map of the same area from WorldPop (right). (Courtesy of WorldPop under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.)

The parent company perfected the charts by making use of machine understanding and artificial intelligence practices. By using these methods, the company was able to successfully distinguish man-made structures, allowing them to pinpoint locations that had people living there.

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Once the buildings had been put forth, Facebook was able to determine where and how the individuals reside. Then, by making use of census information, the group redistributed the citizenry records for the pinpointed locations—under the prediction that the technique was unlikely to create an error—allowing them to identify the amount of men, women & children living in each and every construction.

Image Source: Facebook- DigitalGlobe satellite image of Naivasha, Kenya (left) and results of our analysis of the same area (right).
Image Source: Facebook- DigitalGlobe satellite image of Naivasha, Kenya (left) and results of our analysis of the same area (right).

The corporation has declared that it is planning to issue the information to the general public near the end of 2016. “Later this year, we will be releasing this data to the general public. We believe this data has many more impactful applications, such as socio-economic research and risk assessment for natural disasters. We will be working with the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University to create a combined population data set to be released later this year,” says Facebook.

Source: British Broadcast Corporation, Code Facebook

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3 COMMENTS

  1. i call this trapping humans… you will feel as equal as others and then they trap you with the same technique… infrared emotions manipulation and heat of the body… see, they think they will and can trap humans… i will finish them everyday… i will surpass every technology and technique they can think of… if they can measure your body temperature, they will know if you have better consciousness than them or not. higher frequencies cold, lower frequencies hot… they are trying to control and catch all people by body heat and controlling your body temperature through brainwaves and subliminar messages and activation words like falling to a field of mindsets… I don’t see any use on this technology. think why do they need to measure our body temperatures, because they can’t hold the internet for long… faraday cages also work.

  2. I have observed on Facebook that the policy of personal data has changed a lot mostly in a restrictive way. Now you cannot change as we used to the date of the birthday, the name, and you need to ask the permission to Fb . Mostly, you cannot detele it. Furthermore they ask the real dates and names otherwise the “account may be deactivated”. Anonymous, Where do you think this is going? ..

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