Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled his company’s new AI-powered assistant – Meta AI – his answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which will integrate with Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp and eventually mixed reality devices.
Speaking in MetaConnect It happened On September 27, Zuckerberg explained that Meta AI is powered by the company’s large language model Llama 2, and was built in partnership with Microsoft Bing to allow users to access real-time information from the Internet.
“Meta AI is your primary assistant that you can talk to as a person.”
In addition to answering questions and talking with users, the newly unveiled bot can create images, leveraging a new image generation tool called Emu that Meta has trained on 1.1 billion pieces of data, including photos and captions that users have shared on Facebook and Instagram. .
Pointing to a key point of difference between Meta AI and competitor ChatGPT, Zuckerberg said that rather than creating a one-size-fits-all chatbot, Meta’s overall strategy was to create different AI products for different use cases.
For example, he showed how Meta AI would be a little different in each of the company’s social media apps, providing an example of how it could be added to group chats on Facebook Messenger to help organize travel plans.
Meta’s chatbots aren’t just meant to convey useful information, Zuckerberg said. It is also designed to be conversational and entertaining.
Showcasing entertainment-focused AI products, Meta also announced a suite of chatbots based on nearly 30 celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg and former NFL player Tom Brady.
According to Meta, the new AI assistant will be available starting September 27 to a limited group of US-based users on Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
Meta AI will also be available to users of the company’s new smart glasses scheduled for release on October 17 for users in the United States, as well as the new Quest 3 VR device.
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On the same day as Meta’s Connect event, OpenAI announced that its chatbot ChatGPT would no longer be data-privileged before 2021.
The updates are available immediately for Plus and Enterprise users using the GPT-4 model, according to a September 27 post on X.
Prior to this update, ChatGPT suffered from an ever-widening gap in its knowledge base. Due to the nature of how AI models are trained as Generative Pre-Trained Transformers (GPT), the ChatGPT knowledge base previously ended in 2021. Presumably the year it finished production.
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