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Facebook's new DeepText AI categorizes everything you write

If Facebook knows about your status update, it will be able to show it to people who care about that topic. If the social networking giant manages to detect that you're trying to sell something in a status update, it can automatically format post with the price and item details.

Facebook's new DeepText AI categorizes everything you write

These are some of the examples of big applications for Facebook's newest artificial intelligence system called "DeepText". 400,000 new stories and 125,000 comments on public posts are shared every minute on the world's most popular website. DeepText will help Facebook analyze several thousand per second across 20 languages with near-human accuracy

DeepText helps Facebook Messenger recognize when a ride is needed by you and suggest you use the in-app Uber and Lyft options

One of the first applications for DeepText will start rolling on Messenger. When DeepText identifies a sentence it thinks means you need a ride, the feature will suggest you use Messenger transportation integrations with services like Uber and Lyft. Recognizing "I need a ride" is easy, but it should also be able to pick up on things like "Should I call a car?", "I can pick you up in 20", or "I'll get an Uber".

Facebook explains that "to get closer to how humans understand text, we need to teach the computer to understand things like slang and word-sense disambiguation. As an example, if someone says, "I like blackberry,"" does that mean the fruit or the device?

DeepText could also play a role in weeding out harassment and abuse. If this feature can automatically pick out hate speech from status updates that merely contain controversial terms, it could prevent a human from ever suffering the harassment and having to report it manually.