The Future. Mark Zuckerberg is making the press rounds touting Meta as an AI company on the Silicon Valley-approved quest to build “artificial general intelligence” (AGI) — humanlike intelligence and reasoning in a machine. In its vision to keep its systems open-source, Meta may give users the ability to create an entire universe of AI-generated “friends” for endless engagement.
Zuckerberg is changing Meta’s business plan again… and putting in the investment to back it up.
- To achieve AGI, the company has moved its AI research group into the team building generative AI tools for its apps, is paying top dollar for AI talent, and has purchased more AI chips than any other firm.
- Zuckerberg says that AGI will help keep people glued to Meta’s social platforms, make its hardware devices stand out, and fill its metaverse with an interactive population, according to The Verge.
- Meta’s (mostly) open-source policy means that it could potentially wield the most influence in the industry by giving its user ecosystem (the largest of any global platform) access to its code.
Admittedly, Zuckerberg doesn’t have a great definition for what AGI actually is — “You can quibble about if general intelligence is akin to human-level intelligence, or is it like human-plus, or is it some far-future super intelligence,” he says — but he does know that it’s a powerful tool for “building the future of connection.”
A future he would have total control over.