Meta’s New AI Assistant Trained Using Photos and Videos from Facebook and Instagram Users


Meta AI, the Newly Launched AI Assistant by Meta, Has Been Trained Using Publicly Shared Photos and Videos from Facebook and Instagram Users

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken center stage in recent months, generating considerable buzz. The excitement surrounding AI reached its zenith when OpenAI unveiled its formidable chatbot, ChatGPT, which astounded the world with its human-like responses to questions. People engaged in lively interactions with the chatbot, posing a wide range of queries and even requesting it to compose music and poetry. Following ChatGPT, Google and Microsoft also introduced their own AI chatbots, Bard and Bing. Now, Meta has entered the fray.

The Mark Zuckerberg-led company launched its own AI assistant during the Connect launch event on Wednesday. Remarkably, this AI assistant was trained using publicly available content from Facebook and Instagram posts, according to a Reuters report.

Meta AI’s Training Data: Instagram and Facebook Posts Meta’s President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, was quoted in the Reuters report explaining that the company’s recently unveiled AI assistant was primarily trained using data that was publicly accessible on Facebook and Instagram. This means that photos and videos shared publicly by users served as the training data for Meta AI, with content shared exclusively with close friends excluded from the training set.

Clegg emphasized that Meta did not utilize private user chats for training the chatbot. The company also took precautions to filter out personal information from the public datasets used for training. “We’ve tried to exclude datasets that have a heavy preponderance of personal information,” Clegg stated, adding that the “vast majority” of the data Meta used for training was publicly available. Notably, Meta did not utilize LinkedIn data, as it contains private user content.

About Meta AI Meta introduced its new AI assistant, named Meta AI, during the announcement. Meta AI is designed for interaction in a human-like manner and is accessible on WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, with upcoming availability on Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses and Quest 3. The AI is powered by a customized model that incorporates technology from Llama 2 and Meta’s latest large language model (LLM) research. In text-based chats, Meta AI leverages real-time information through its search partnership with Bing and offers image generation capabilities, thanks to its collaboration with Microsoft Bing.

In addition to Meta AI, Meta unveiled 28 other AI chatbots, each with unique personalities and ‘backstories.’ Meta had been rumored to be working on AI chatbots with distinct personalities, and this move confirmed those speculations. The company noted that these chatbots will also have social media profiles and has collaborated with cultural icons and influencers to represent and embody some of these AI personas. Users will have the opportunity to explore the personalities and stories of these chatbots on Instagram and Facebook.

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