Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, has long been a champion of artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential to revolutionize the way we live and work. And according to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Meta (formerly Facebook), Andrew Bosworth, Zuckerberg is now spending most of his time on AI-related projects.
In a recent interview with CNBC, Bosworth stated that Zuckerberg has been increasingly focused on AI over the past several years, and that this trend has only accelerated since the rebranding of Facebook as Meta. Bosworth explained that AI is at the core of Meta’s vision for the future, which is centered around the concept of the “metaverse” – a virtual space that will allow people to interact with each other and digital objects in immersive and seamless ways.
One of the key ways that AI will enable the metaverse is through the development of virtual assistants that can understand and respond to natural language. Bosworth explained that Meta is already working on these assistants, which will be able to help users navigate the metaverse and perform a wide range of tasks.
The tech giant, which owns Facebook and Instagram by Mark Zuckerberg, announced a product group in February that is focused on generative AI.
Another area of focus for Mark Zuckerberg and the Meta team is the development of AI-powered avatars that can be customized to look and act like individuals. These avatars will enable users to interact with each other in the metaverse in ways that are more lifelike and personal than traditional forms of communication.
Of course, AI is also a key component of Facebook’s existing platform. The company uses machine learning algorithms to personalize users’ news feeds and serve them with targeted ads. And in recent years, Facebook has also been investing heavily in computer vision technology, which allows machines to “see” and interpret the world around them. This technology is already being used in a range of applications, from facial recognition to content moderation.
But the metaverse represents a whole new frontier for AI, and Zuckerberg is clearly eager to be at the forefront of this emerging field. As Bosworth put it, “Mark’s time is now almost entirely dedicated to this vision of what the future could be.”
Meta’s Reality Labs division, home to the company’s metaverse technologies and projects, posted a $13.72 billion loss in 2022.
Of course, there are also concerns about the impact of AI on society, particularly around issues like privacy and algorithmic bias. And it remains to be seen how the metaverse will evolve and what kind of impact it will have on our lives.
But for now, it’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook and the Meta team are betting big on AI and the metaverse. And given their track record of innovation and disruption, it’s likely that they’ll continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in this exciting and rapidly evolving field.