Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta Platforms, has revealed the “Meta AI chatbot.” It may be an answer to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The new Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant, Meta AI, will initially be available from September 27, 2023, for a limited group of U.S.-based users. The new AI-powered assistant, Meta AI, will integrate with Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and eventually, the company’s mixed reality devices.
The newly launched AI will also be available for users of the tech firm’s new smart glasses, scheduled for release on October 17, 2023, for U.S. users. Along with its new Quest 3 VR device.
Meta AI Chatbot
Recently, during the Meta Connect event, the tech firm’s CEO explained that Meta AI is powered by its large language model, Llama 2. The chatbot has been built in partnership with Microsoft Bing to allow users access to real-time information from the internet. “Meta AI is your basic assistant that you can talk to like a person.”
According to the recent update, for answering questions and talking to users, the newly unveiled Meta chatbot can generate images, leveraging a new image generation tool called Emu. This includes “Meta trained on 1.1 Billion pieces of data, including photos and captions shared by users on Facebook and Instagram.”
Mark Zuckerberg shared how different its chatbot is from ChatGPT. He said, “Instead of creating a one-size-fits-all chatbot, Meta’s overarching strategy was to create different AI products for different use cases.”
With an example, Zuckerberg stated how Meta AI would be slightly different in each of the tech firm’s social media apps. He provides an example of how it could be added to group chats on Facebook Messenger to assist with organizing travel plans. He said that Meta’s chatbots aren’t just intended to transmit helpful information. They are also designed to be “conversational and entertaining.”
Meta showcases its entertainment-focused AI products. It also announced a collection of chatbots based on nearly 30 celebrities. These include “Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, and former NFL player Tom Brady.”
The Update by OpenAI
Recently, on the same day as Meta’s Connect event, OpenAI announced its chatbot “ChatGPT will no longer be limited to data before 2021.” According to the report, the updates are available immediately for “Plus and Enterprise users using the GPT-4 model.”
ChatGPT can now browse the internet to provide you with current and authoritative information, complete with direct links to sources. It is no longer limited to data before September 2021. pic.twitter.com/pyj8a9HWkB
— OpenAI (@OpenAI) September 27, 2023
However, before this update, OpenAI’s ChatGPT suffered from an ever-widening gap in its knowledge base. Because of the nature of how AI models such as generative pre-trained transformers (GPT) are trained, ChatGPT’s knowledge base previously ended in 2021, presumably the year it was finalized for production.