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Monday, August 4, 2014

Twitter buys Madbits – How Torch7 powered Artificial Vision will make Twitter more like Facebook

Twitter is indeed on a push to become more like Facebook, it seems.

This as the musings of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo at their recent Earning’s Call as reported in “Twitter may be considering a Facebook-style feed — but would that help its growth or derail it?”, published JUL. 30, 2014 - 4:13 PM PDT by Mathew Ingram, GigaOM now has some real-life evidence to back them up!

This as they’ve purchased MadBits, a year old New York-based image Search company for an undisclosed sum as reported in “Twitter acquires Madbits for 'deep learning' skills”, published July 30, 2014 9:52 AM PDT by Charlie Osborne, CNET News and “Twitter acquires deep learning startup Madbits”, published JUL. 29, 2014 - 4:58 PM PDT by Derrick Harris, GigaOM.

MadBits is a Deep Learning Platform that the co-founding pair of Clement Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari have trained to recognize pictures as pointed out in “Twitter joins deep learning trend, acquires Madbits”, published July 30, 2014 9:25 AM, VentureBeat. In essence, they wrote an AI (Artificially Intelligent) program and then taught it the rules of how to recognize traits in pictures.

While Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Twitter, fellow co-founder Clément Farabet, was a research scientist at Courant Institute at New York University. Curiously, both interned under Facebook AI Lab Director Yann LeCun, who happened to be the PhD Supervisor for Clément Farabet. So, clearly MadBits has clever scientists with backgrounds in AI development, a natural fit to Twitter.

Twitter buys Madbits – How Torch7 that powers Artificial Vision makes Twitter more like Facebook

MadBits uses Torch7, a Fourth Generation AI Programming platform based on the scripting language LuaJIT with a dash of C Language. Torch7, which is freely available on Github, was accessed by Clement Farabet, who according to his personal website, was deep into researching Artificial Vision.

Together, the pair worked on getting this tool to makes sense of the world we humans and animals do and learn from what they see. As machines can't really make anything of images, they have to teach it some basic and advanced rules, making MadBits, the outcome of their efforts, a company that found practical application for data mining from images.

Somehow this doesn’t sound good, as I’d predicted this very same thing after Twitter had introduce Tagging and multi-photo posting as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “Twitter add Photo-Tagging and uploading Multiple Photos as Mobile Social Media Evolves”.

After all, those are Facebook-esque traits, similar to their Facebook makeover back in April 2014 as detailed in my blog article entitled “How to Download Twitter user Pictures as Twitter makes Facebook Timeline changes”. Guess their Earnings Call results prompted them to take actions to appease shareholders as it relates to growing the company.

So if I’m reading the Tea Leave and my Tarot Cards right, we might be seeing a Twitter Graph in the Future, an analogous counterweight to Facebook Graph Search as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Facebook to introduce #Hashtags with emoticons, monetizing FB and making Open Graph Search Practical”, but geared towards pictures.

Stay tuned to my blog for more Details on this Big Brother Development. 
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