Recently, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, reaffirmed his commitment to using cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology to drive the future of virtual and augmented reality in a number of media appearances. Zuckerberg stressed the construction of digital avatars embedded across all of Meta’s products as a critical component in fulfilling the potential of the “metaverse” and generative AI.
“I think that’s going to be very compelling and interesting, and obviously, we’re kind of starting slowly on that,” Zuckerberg said during an interview with The Verge.
Despite ongoing challenges, Meta is actively working on “smart glasses” incorporating MetaAI, an AI companion capable of communication through voice, text, and physical gestures. Zuckerberg described the current state of AI within Meta’s products as “pretty basic” but envisioned its functionality becoming increasingly adaptive to users over time.
Zuckerberg also discussed the potential for AI to assist businesses, creators, and consumers, from AI chatbots helping with daily tasks to interactive AI profiles with presence on Instagram and Facebook.
Addressing concerns about AI regulation, Zuckerberg acknowledged the need for government involvement in protecting citizens and maintaining the United States’ competitive advantage. He highlighted the significance of AI, encompassing economic and defense aspects, and emphasized the importance of the U.S. leading in this sector.
However, Meta’s AI ambitions have faced criticism, particularly regarding the accessibility of its Llama 2 AI system. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Josh Hawley raised concerns about potential misuse of Llama. Zuckerberg defended Meta’s approach, mentioning its commitment to open-source but acknowledging the risks associated with complete openness.
In terms of AI safety, Zuckerberg emphasized that being open invites scrutiny, which could lead to the establishment of industry standards, enhancing security.
Meta’s CEO remains unwavering in his determination to harness AI’s potential for shaping the metaverse, while recognizing the need for responsible practices and government involvement in the evolving AI landscape.