Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has unveiled its latest creation in the world of artificial intelligence (AI). The tech giant has introduced its virtual assistant, named Meta AI, to compete with OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT.
Meta AI is powered by two main components: the language model Llama 2 and an image generator called Emu. This combination allows the virtual assistant to not only answer questions sourced from Bing search engine but also generate images based on text commands.
Initially, Meta AI will be available to a limited group of users in the United States, accessible through Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Users can add the assistant to group chats, where it can perform tasks such as making travel plans, thereby streamlining communication within groups.
What sets Meta AI apart is its compatibility with voice commands. In the near future, users will have the option to interact with the virtual assistant via voice using the new smart glasses developed by Meta. These glasses are scheduled to be released next month, providing an even more immersive and hands-free experience.
The introduction of Meta AI comes as a direct challenge to OpenAI’s own ChatGPT-powered voice assistant and text-to-image generator. This marks an important step for Meta, as it aims to become a key player in the rapidly evolving field of AI.
The announcement of Meta AI was made by none other than Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, during a recent event. Alongside the virtual assistant, Zuckerberg revealed a range of other generative AI updates. One notable introduction is the upcoming launch of two new generative AI tools for photo editing on Instagram: Backdrop and Restyle. These tools will feature a distinguishing “watermark” to indicate whether the imagery is AI-generated or based on real photos, ensuring transparency for the users.
In addition to these updates, Meta also unveiled a collection of chatbots based on popular celebrities. This collection includes chatbots inspired by the likes of tennis star Naomi Osaka and football legend Tom Brady. These chatbots aim to provide users with an interactive and personalized experience, offering a unique way to engage with their favorite celebrities.
With Meta AI and its range of generative AI tools, Meta is pushing the boundaries of what virtual assistants and image generators can accomplish. As technology continues to advance, users can expect more innovations and enhancements to improve their digital experiences.
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