First of all we need to understand what is an alt tag or alt text or alternative tag.
An alt tag or alt text or alternative tag is an attribute added to an image tag in HTML. This text appears inside the image container when the image can not be displayed. Alternate text is also very helpful in case images on a page cannot be found. It helps search engines understand what an image is about.
The alt tag is also used by screen readers. It helps the blind and visually impaired people to understand what is on the image.
We generally do our alt tag by own.
But what if your image’s alt tag is automatically generated by an Artificial Intelligence(A.I) ?
That sounds creepy right!!
But yes, Facebook is using Artificial Intelligence(A.I) to automatically generate alt tag for your photos.
The tool is called Automatic Alternative Text.
Collaborating with Facebook‘s text-to-speech engine, it helps blind and visually impaired people to use Facebook. The system is so precise though it was launched in early 2016, it can recognize any objects and its motion.
If you are eating pizza or you are in outdoor/indoor or you are taking selfie shot/group shot or your picture consist water/mountain/grass/trees/clouds or you are sitting/standing etc.
Though the system can not generate alt tag always or in complete sentence but in near future it can do so.
In near future, it may also recognize who is he/she on that picture or are they married or it can determine an unbiased system where product would be ranked as per quality to rank on Facebook or Google.
“I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. I mean with artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon.” – Elon Musk