Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta has introduced the company’s latest innovation, Meta AI, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered assistant, developed as a competitor to OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
This innovation which was revealed at the Meta Connect event held on September 27 promises a tailored user experience across various Meta platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and upcoming mixed reality devices.
Powered by Meta’s advanced language model, Llama 2, and created in collaboration with Microsoft Bing, Meta AI provides users with access to real-time information from the internet. Zuckerberg emphasized that Meta AI is designed to function as a basic assistant that users can interact with seamlessly and naturally.
Meta AI offers specialized AI products for various use cases rather than a one-size-fits-all solution. For example, the AI assistant will have distinct functionalities within each of Meta’s social media applications. Zuckerberg illustrated this approach with an example of how Meta AI could facilitate travel planning within Facebook Messenger group chats.
The assistant isn’t merely a tool for providing useful information; it is also crafted to engage users in conversation and entertainment. In line with its entertainment offerings, Meta has launched a series of chatbots modeled after approximately 30 celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, and former NFL star Tom Brady. These bots are designed to provide users with an engaging and amusing interactive experience.
Furthermore, Meta AI is not only capable of answering user inquiries but can also generate images using a new tool named Emu. This tool has been trained on over 1.1 billion data points, including photos and captions from Facebook and Instagram, enhancing the AI’s ability to create engaging visual content.
Initially, Meta AI will be available to a select group of users in the United States across Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp starting September 27. The AI assistant will also be integrated into Meta’s upcoming smart glasses, set to be released on October 17 for U.S. users, and the new Quest 3 VR device.
Zuckerberg aims to offer users a unique, customized AI experience across the company’s suite of products, marking a significant step in the ongoing development and integration of artificial intelligence into social media and technology platforms with the introduction of Meta AI.