Meta introduces transformative AI tools across its digital platforms
Meta is gearing up to weave artificial intelligence deeper into its ecosystem with a series of integrations and features, as unveiled at their recent Connect event. The company is introducing AI stickers across its apps, allowing users to generate customized stickers for chats and stories based on textual prompts. This feature, developed using the Llama 2 technology and Meta's foundational model for image generation, Emu, is set to roll out to select English-language users on platforms including WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, and Facebook Stories over the next month.
On the Instagram front, the platform is diving into AI-powered image editing. Users will soon be able to employ tools named 'restyle' and 'backdrop' to modify their photos. Restyle permits application of specific visual styles based on textual descriptions, while backdrop can adjust an image's background scene. An emphasis on transparency means that these AI-manipulated images will carry distinct markers, indicating their AI-generated origins.
Another significant addition is Meta AI, an advanced conversational assistant currently in beta. This assistant, soon to be available on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, can provide users with real-time information and create photorealistic images from text prompts. The assistant's integration will expand to include the Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses and Quest 3 in the near future. The company offered a potential use-case where friends planning a hiking trip could utilize Meta AI to pull up trailhead options in Santa Cruz, and even craft a digital badge commemorating their adventure.
Beyond the functional, Meta is also adding a touch of personality to its AI roster. The company is launching 28 unique AI characters, some of which will be portrayed by cultural icons like Snoop Dogg, Tom Brady, Kendall Jenner, and Naomi Osaka. These AI personalities will have their own profiles on Instagram and Facebook for users to explore. Although in their early stages, these AI characters will undergo updates to provide more timely and relevant interactions.
Looking ahead, Meta has ambitious plans to make AI creation more accessible. The newly introduced AI studio aims to empower developers, both coders and non-coders, to craft their own AI models. With this platform, businesses can design AI aligned with their brand values to enhance customer service. Creators, on the other hand, will have the tools to develop AI avatars that amplify their virtual presence across Meta's apps.
The company also hinted at the release of a sandbox environment next year, which will serve as a playground for users to experiment with AI creation. As the metaverse vision of Meta continues to crystallize, this sandbox is expected to play a pivotal role, facilitating the crafting of highly realistic and interconnected AI characters.
While the potential of these AI integrations is vast, Meta is approaching their rollout with caution. The company has underscored the importance of a phased launch, coupled with robust safeguards, to ensure users benefit from a responsible and secure experience.