For Facebook, artificial intelligence has become the principal ideology than just a programming tool. Along with the company’s products, it is capable of analyzing huge data required by a social network, which connects almost one fourth of the world’s population.
Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s CTO, stated in a Web Summit today the major contribution artificial intelligence and machine learning will have in the company’s future plans to enhance its global technology accessibility, connectivity, and human–computer interaction.
Schroepfer further presented his views on people’s urge to stay connected and close to each other. Hence to make this possible, they consider it as their responsibility to provide whatever is the best on-going technology required for the same.
Major players in the social media world, such as Facebook, play an extremely crucial role in the artificial intelligence and machine-learning ecosystem. Their market share and the ability to gain the market on the basis of their capabilities make every tactical step they take a global declaration in the industry.
Without being affected by the difficulties, such as the failure of Facebook’s satellite SpaceX Falcon 9 earlier this summer, the company continues to make efforts and focus on its goals of connecting the world. It is engaged in a number of infrastructural projects executed possibly with the help of machine intelligence and aimed at expanding Internet connectivity of both urban and suburban areas.
A well-documented project named Aquila is designed to provide Internet connectivity to the suburban areas. The solar-powered, carbon fiber planes fly in a configuration at altitudes higher than a commercial airliner. The planes communicate with each other with the help of a laser and communicate with the ground with the help of radio frequency. Facebook is using neural networks that are trained to identify population centers in rural African region which would possibly be the target of planes. Thus, with this setup the company is able to reach a maximum number of people with the help of Internet access.
For connectivity in urban areas, Facebook is using LiDAR technology. It is the same technology used in most of the self-driving car projects in order to detect utility polls, which is not an easy task. The company team is taking efforts to build virtual network graphs along with the current data in order to produce the best data mesh.
Facebook’s is behind virtual reality and its high potential to make it possible for us to connect our loved ones far from us require to which extend we understand the company and its efforts. Schroepfer further explained that now it is not about Facebook as an app, rather about Facebook’s mission of using technology to connect people.