Chatbots such as ChatGPT could one day be an important part of our daily lives, and Facebook is making this easier by integrating them into its chat, Messenger and WhatsApp apps.
In a post published monday(Opens in a new tab)Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company was creating a “new high-level product group…focused on generative AI.”
The team will begin by creating “creative and expressive tools”, but in the longer term the focus will be on developing “AI characters that can help people in a variety of ways”.
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These characters will be integrated into Facebook’s chat applications like WhatsApp and Messenger, but also photo applications like Instagram, as well as “video and multimodal experiences”.
Zuckerberg didn’t share too many details about how these user experiences will actually work in real life, and he admits there’s “a lot of fundamental work to do” before the company can actually create anything. convincing.
In other words, expect simpler AI-based features and tools first. Full-fledged AI bots that can help you create the perfect Instagram filter or can answer your Messenger questions will come later.
It should be noted that chatbots on Messenger already existed in 2016, but they had nothing to do with the level of human conversation offered by ChatGPT. Meta has also recently invested heavily in the Metaverse, a loosely defined set of virtual reality and related technologies, which includes AI to some extent.
Facebook’s move comes after the rapid rise of OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot to one of the world’s most popular apps. Microsoft, which is an investor in OpenAI, moved quickly to integrate ChatGPT’s technology into its search engine, Bing; Snapchat recently announced a AI chatbot (Opens in a new tab)of its own, and Google is also working on several AI-related projects.