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Facebook has revamped Marketplace, a platform where users can buy and sell stuff, with a bunch of AI-powered features that, it claims, can automatically recognize and label objects in pictures as well as transform 2D images into a 3D view. At the heart of what it calls its “universal computer vision system” is a model called …
I see absolutely no way this is going to go horribly wrong for buyers, and wonderfully well for FB and scammers. Nope. None at all. FB certainly will not deny and fault in their least effort attempt with lowest overheads and supply of a service while taking the highest cut, and are in no way emulating Ebay with even less work (is that possible?).
"Going one step further, it would advance visual search to make your real-world environment shoppable. If you see something you like (clothing, furniture, electronics, etc.), you could snap a photo of it and the system would find that exact item, as well as several similar ones to purchase right then and there.”
Setting aside any issues of potential vendors paying to have their products bumped up the list of "similar ones to purchase right there and then", how long before they decide to create a 'dating' app and add this to Facebook... "Hey! You've photographed the person standing in the doorway to your left! Here are a dozen similar-looking people in your area!" And even if they should somehow resist the temptation to monetise that sort of thing, you can bet other people will take advantage of the possibilities it offers...
If a seller is able to falsify their description of the product, surely they can also falsify a photograph of the product? In any case, if I am searching for an item, I'd much rather have the search based upon the seller's description than an AI interpretation of photographs.
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