You will soon be able to use Facebook safely, even while absolutely slaughtered – without the chilling risk that you might think it’s funny to post a picture of yourself after 105 glasses of wine.
Facebook is testing a feature which looks through photos for evidence you are slobbering drunk, then offers a warning.
If you’re posting some bleary-eyed horror of a selfie, the app asks, ‘Are you sure?’
It will then suggest that you share it with a limited bunch of people – ie not your boss, and not your Mum.
The feature is the brainchild of one of Facebook’s ‘machine learning’ teams, headed by New York University researcher Yann LeCun.
LeCun explains that the AI software would use algorithms to distinguish between your ‘two selves’ in pictures – your drunk self and your sober self.
The software ‘learns’ to recognise the visual signs of ‘drunk self’ – and then offers a warning, and suggests you share it with a limited number of people.
When ‘drunk self’ crops up, the algorithm would offer a private, automated warning before posting to the network, which LeCun described in an interview with Wired as saying, ‘Uh, is being posted publicly. Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?’
LeCun said that the algorithms would look for embarassing posts uploaded by other people – and could offer users a warning that content they might not want to be seen was being posted.