Meta, the tech giant behind popular social media platforms, has stepped up its game in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence (AI). On Wednesday, Meta introduced its conversational chatbot, an AI tool designed to compete with OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT. This move comes amidst an industry-wide boom in generative AI, a technology captivating Silicon Valley and beyond.
The AI race in Silicon Valley gets more interesting as Meta launches its conversational chatbot to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
Introducing Meta’s Conversational Assistant
Meta’s new AI chatbot, dubbed Meta AI, is designed to enhance user experience on its social media networks, including WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. The chatbot leverages a large language model developed by Meta and a partnership with Microsoft’s search engine, Bing. Beyond that, Meta is also launching AI-backed photo creation tools and 28 AI-powered chatbots, brought to life by celebrities and cultural icons such as Snoop Dogg, Tom Brady, Kendall Jenner, and Naomi Osaka.
During the announcement, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized that Meta’s strategy involves creating different AI products for other uses. This departs from the standard approach of developing a single flagship chatbot. Furthermore, Zuckerberg highlighted that Meta’s conversational bots aren’t intended to convey information — they’re designed to be entertaining, transforming how people use Meta’s products.
Features and Availability of Meta’s New Assistant
The new assistant will initially have limited availability in the United States. Eventually, Meta also plans to integrate the assistant with Ray-Ban Meta, the latest version of its smart glasses, and its newly released Quest 3 headsets. The assistant is equipped to help users answer questions in real-time. For instance, users who are on a hike in Santa Cruz, Calif., can ask the tool for other locations to explore. Moreover, it can generate creative images based on text-based prompts.
New features on Instagram will allow users to create AI-generated images. One such tool, Restyle, allows people to transform their photos into new styles, including making them look like watercolor paintings. Another feature, Backdrop, can alter the scene or background of an image based on a text prompt. Meta has ensured that any images created or edited by Meta AI, Restyle, and Backdrop will be labeled.
The AI Landscape and Meta’s Position
Meta has released a new chatbot to compete with tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI in the generative AI space. Previously, Meta was seen as trailing behind its competitors in this field, but the introduction of its new AI tools aims to change that perception. Meta remains committed to investing in AI, enhancing user experience engagement, and creating a more immersive digital world. However, the success of Meta’s AI strategy will depend on how well it addresses concerns about privacy, data protection, and potential misuse of AI technology.