The social media giant Facebook has decided to develop its own AI Assistant (Artificial Intelligence) like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. Last month Facebook partnered with a chip making company, Intel to develop more powerful AI chips than what is being used right now.
According to the Financial Times, the company is hoping that its virtual assistant powered by the artificial intelligence chips will be smarter than Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. Yann LeCun, who is the chief AI scientist at Facebook told the daily that they were going to work hard and not leave “any stone unturned” in the AI development. He also said that they are looking forward to developing an AI, which would have some level of “common sense”, so that the user can have discussion with it on any topic.
An AI chip could be the solution for the social platform giant in solving many of its problems. The AI could help Facebook moderate and check its contents so that no abusive or harmful/wrong content is posted on the platform. If there is something posted then the AI will remove it from Facebook. The program could also be used in home devices launched by Facebook. Introduction of AI to Facebook might solve the company’s problems or maybe create some as Facebook has been in the news every now and then due to one thing or another.
Back in 2015, Facebook launched a text-based digital assistant named M. M was not an AI but it was powered by Artificial Intelligence and Facebook’s contracted employees. Eventually FB decided to get rid of M and so they stopped working on it. But, now partnering with Intel might be their way of getting serious in the development of their own version of AI assistant.
Facebook’s take on AI might be a good step in the Artificial Intelligence direction and we might get a smarter assistant who would be able to help us with our day-to-day tasks. However, there is also a possibility that Facebook might use this tech to spy on its users in a more ‘legal’ way.