It's hard to believe it given OpenAI's recent popularity, but Meta has long been a leader in the AI space, developing advanced models much before the generative AI craze began. Despite its position in AI, Meta deviated from what other tech giants were doing and refrained from releasing an AI chatbot following the successful launch of ChatGPT last November -- until today.
The company's chatbot is called Meta AI, which will serve the purpose of a standard chatbot that can answer basic questions and queries, based on LLaMA-2. Through a partnership with Microsoft, Meta AI will give users real-time information from the web via Bing.
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The chatbot will also feature Emu, Meta's AI image generator, to render high-quality images in seconds across all of Meta's chat platforms: WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram. That means users can generate images from text directly in their conversations.
To prompt the Meta AI, users can start a message with @MetaAI in a conversation/thread, whether it's through their phones, tablets, or personal computers.
The chatbot will also soon be available in the newly announced Meta Ray-Ban smart glasses and Meta Quest 3 as a built-in service.