Report: Snapchat is Developing a Research Arm for Learning on Images, Videos
According to a new report, the Los Angeles startup company that gave us the highly popular Snapchat app, is quietly developing a new research arm that will run complex algorithms on user video and images.
If a source is to be believed, SnapChat is interested in developing a sophisticated AI.
They’ll be doing deep learning analysis for images and eventually video (the latter, initially, probably just frame by frame rather than taking into account the full temporal nature of the visual data, and the audio stream).
Snapchat is yet to comment on this report and it’s unlikely they will anytime soon.
Snapchat and others similar apps are looking to improve themselves through deep learning. Music-streaming companies like Spotify and Pandora, and even bigger companies like Facebook, Google and more are using this method to learn. Sometime even via acquisitions.
They want to ingest data to train their systems and develop artificial neural networks, and then providing new data to get predictions. Back in February, Snapchat hired a new head of research named Jia Li who previously worked for Yahoo as a senior scientist.
The company also appointed Google software engineer Wenze Hu at a similar position. Both of these professionals are trained in computer vision.
Another source said that a few months ago Snapchat was also looking to hire senior data professionals. The company also listed jobs for research scientist, a research engineer, and an engineer. The company says at the bottom of the job descriptions:
We’re looking for people who would like to be the foundation of our research team as we continue to grow. Come join us in shaping the way people use technology to communicate!
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