Mark Zuckerberg, Meta Platforms’ CEO, has unveiled a series of groundbreaking technological advancements poised to revolutionize our interaction with artificial intelligence (AI).
At the forefront of these innovations are smart glasses by Meta’s Ray-Ban, set to launch on October 17th at £299. These glasses redefine reality by integrating a Meta AI assistant, allowing users to seamlessly share their real-world experiences on Facebook and Instagram in real-time, transcending traditional photo capture.
Meta is also spearheading the chatbot revolution with intelligent virtual assistants that boast distinct personalities and specializations. These chatbots, designed to offer personalized and engaging interactions, cover a range of activities from settling disputes to providing travel and cooking tips. The goal is to establish deeper connections with users.
Scheduled for release on October 10th at a starting price of £500, Meta’s Quest 3 headset promises an unparalleled mixed-reality experience. Positioned as a cost-effective alternative to Apple’s Vision Pro headset, the Quest 3 allows wearers to enjoy virtual experiences while staying connected to the real world through a live video feed.
Meta’s commitment to innovation is further evidenced by the integration of generative AI, capable of producing both text responses and lifelike images. This addition injects a creative element into user interactions.
Mark Zuckerberg presented these advancements at the Meta Connect conference, the company’s first in-person event since the pandemic. The showcase reflects Meta’s dedication to making cutting-edge technology accessible and affordable for everyone. By combining celebrity personas with AI chatbots and delivering immersive tech experiences, Meta is paving the way for a more interactive and entertaining digital future.
Beyond Meta AI, Meta today introduced a range of “AI characters” — basically chatbots tuned to channel certain personalities and mimic celebrities, including Kendall Jenner, Dwyane Wade, MrBeast, Paris Hilton, Charli D’Amelio and Snoop Dogg (additional bots, including for Bear Grylls, Chloe Kim and Josh Richards, are on the way). Like Meta AI, the chatbots — which have profile images, either illustrated or real life — live in Meta’s messaging apps. And as you chat with them, the avatars subtly animate based on the conversation.
This all sounds . . . interesting in theory. But very recent history has shown that even the best AI chatbots can go off the rails, making things up and generally missing key points in conversations.