Instagram is updating its services so that blind people can also easily use the app. The famous Social Media platform will either automatically use AI to read photos to people who cannot see; or, it will allow the app to read users’ custom photo descriptions. While AI is not new for Facebook, it is new for Instagram. Who knows? Maybe one day, the world might make the jump to creating great prosthetic eyes for the blind.
Instagram Is Using AI to Read Photos to Blind People
Instagram will be rolling out changes to its app, including the AI functionality. With this additional functionality, blind users will be able to participate in the SM community as well. The new technology will give “eyes” to them.
If we progress at this speed, in just a few years, blind people might not even need the AI description tool. Just as new technology is helping amputees install superhero bionic arms, similar inventions such as “bionic” eye implants might provide better lives for people who cannot see.
More Life Improvements for Blind People
It seems as if the world is on a mission to help improve the quality of life for people with impaired vision. Other than Facebook and Instagram introducing artificial intelligence programs that can help the blind “see” by reading photos out loud, more companies are creating prosthetics and tools to help the blind in the world.
Many people with visual disabilities now have hope for regaining their eyesight again, through future surgery, implants, or other alternatives. At the moment, implants that bypass retinas seem to be in their beginning stages, but they offer a lot of help. In addition, the first commercial artificial retina in the world came out. It provides partial sight to people who have a specific type of blindness.
One day, blindness might be easily treatable. With technology continually advancing, treatment costs for vision impairment might also go down. In addition, for those who are still blind, more options are becoming available. Current options include apps featuring artificial intelligence and object recognition, coupled with automated voice reader. Other alternatives are sure to follow.