As the AI race between big tech companies heats up, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta Platforms Inc (META.O), announced that a new top-level product division will focus on generative AI (AI). Now, metaverse news and AI news are competing with each other.
AI has become a bright spot for investments in the tech industry, which has been struggling with slowing growth and losing thousands of jobs, and cutting back on risky bets to get through the slump.
In an Instagram post, Zuckerberg said, We’re starting by pulling together a lot of the teams working on generative AI across the company into one group focused on building delightful experiences around this technology.”
“Over the longer term, we’ll focus on developing AI personas that can help people in a variety of ways,” Zuckerberg said, but for now “we’re exploring experiences with text (chat in WhatsApp and Messenger), with images (creative Instagram filters and ad formats), and with video and multi-modal experiences.”
A company rep confirmed that Ahmad Al-Dahle will be in charge of the new product team, which will answer to Meta’s chief product officer, Chris Cox. The spokesperson said that this will make it easier for Meta to use what the AI research team finds in its products.
Late last year, OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which was backed by Microsoft (MSFT.O), was released. This prompted tech giants like Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) and China’s Baidu Ltd (9888. HK) to show off their solutions.
This week, Facebook’s parent company, Meta, announced that LLaMA, the basic software for a new AI system, will be available to researchers and institutions in government, civil society, and academia under a non-commercial license.
Content Source: reuters.com
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