19th April 2024

Weekly Prompt: Meta’s latest AI moves

Meta enhances its chatbot by integrating Llama 3, offering users a free AI boost

In a major push for AI advancement services across its platforms, Meta has integrated its latest large language model, Llama 3, into its AI chatbot, now accessible in the search bars of Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp across numerous countries. Users can now enjoy unprecedented AI capabilities, all at no cost. Additionally, the company is unveiling a new meta.ai site to facilitate user access to the chatbot.

This strategic move aligns with Meta's goal of establishing itself as a frontrunner in generative AI tools, positioning itself compete with the likes of OpenAI.

New features include faster image generation, access to web search results, and improved AI-generated image quality. Users can also request image animation or conversion into GIFs in real time. Additionally, Meta's new partnership with Google to include real-time search results in the assistant's responses supplements its existing arrangement with Microsoft's Bing.

"Not only is this the most intelligent AI assistant that you can freely use, but it's also starting to go global with more features," said Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, emphasizing Meta's commitment to providing advanced AI capabilities to users at no cost.

Initially introduced in the U.S. last year, Meta AI is now expanding its reach in the English language to over a dozen countries, including Australia, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Meta is adopting the approach of having Meta AI available in as many places as it can. It is making the bot available on the search bar, in individual and group chats and even in the feed. Meta AI is already available on the Ray-Ban smart glasses, and the company said that soon it will be available on the Meta Quest headset, too.

However, the widespread integration of AI across platforms presents challenges, such as the potential for the models to hallucinate and make up nonsensical responses presenting potential content moderation issues. Meta acknowledges these concerns and commits to ongoing improvements to its AI models.

Sources: Social Media Today, TechCrunch, The Verge

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