Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, introduced the company’s new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered assistant, Meta AI, during the Meta Connect event on September 27. This digital assistant is designed to integrate seamlessly with Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Meta’s forthcoming mixed reality devices.
Meta AI leverages the capabilities of Meta’s large language model, Llama 2, and has been developed in collaboration with Microsoft Bing. The AI assistant enables users to access real-time information from the internet, positioning it as a conversational partner.
One of the standout features of Meta AI is its ability to generate images using a novel image generation tool called Emu. This tool has been trained on a vast dataset of 1.1 billion pieces of data, including user-shared photos and captions from Facebook and Instagram.
Zuckerberg emphasized that Meta’s approach to AI differs from competitors like OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Rather than creating a one-size-fits-all chatbot, Meta aims to tailor its AI products for different use cases. For instance, Meta AI will have slight variations in its functionality when integrated into different social media apps, ensuring that it caters to the specific needs of each platform.
In addition to providing utility, Meta’s chatbots are designed to be entertaining and engaging. The company also announced a collection of entertainment-focused chatbots featuring approximately 30 celebrities, including Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, and Tom Brady.
Meta AI became available on September 27 for a limited group of users in the United States on Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. It will also be accessible to users of Meta’s upcoming smart glasses, set for release on October 17, as well as the new Quest 3 VR device.
Coinciding with Meta’s announcement, OpenAI revealed that ChatGPT would no longer be limited to data predating 2021. This update, available immediately for Plus and Enterprise users using the GPT-4 model, addresses the knowledge gap that existed in ChatGPT’s previous versions, which were limited to information available up until 2021.