February 24, 2022 – 6:02 am
Everything created to date in terms of software, hardware and tools has been designed to help people in the real world. But for a new universe (or rather, for the metaverse), the technologies and solutions developed will need to come from artificial intelligence. That premise underpins the Internal Lab, a virtual demo held by Meta this Wednesday (23rd), where company founder Mark Zuckerberg showcased the work already done to build the Metaverse.
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The idea of the presentation was to showcase the advancements in Meta’s artificial intelligence field, which Zuckerberg sees as decisive for creating an immersive online world where the company has focused its energy and investments. Because virtual worlds are dynamic and constantly changing, AI used in virtual worlds must be shaped in the context of humans, the Facebook founder said.
As such, the company showcased several innovations that already use artificial intelligence to put people in immersive virtual experiences. The first tool Zuckerberg came up with was CAIRaoke, a new form of voice search designed to provide more natural and complete conversations between humans and virtual assistants.
Another feature shown during Inside the Lab was the Builder Bot, which allows building virtual worlds based on voice commands. Zuckerberg tested the feature during the demo, creating an island backdrop. The founder of Meta, through his voice, through his avatar, asked to see clouds in the environment, islands and some drinks in the landscape. Even the noise of the waves adds to the experience. “In the future, we will be able to create new worlds and experiences to explore and share using only our voices,” he said.
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To build this metaverse, however, it is necessary to overcome some challenges. Zuckerberg emphasized that the company has been investing in artificial intelligence tools that can predict and explain certain types of interactions that can only happen in the metaverse and 3D virtual universes. The technology, which the company calls self-supervised learning, aims to improve recognition algorithms so that interactions in virtual environments are unrestricted.
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In his speech, Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of building a metaverse using technology that can understand and interpret the movements, images, sounds, body language, text, and other representations of people from different places and speaking different languages. Regarding this language barrier, it needs to be well addressed in the field of artificial intelligence to allow people from all over the world to interact in a virtual world, and Meta is developing two programs. The first, called “Leave No Language Behind,” is a new AI system capable of understanding and translating the most diverse languages.
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The second program, which Zuckerberg sees as more innovative, is Universal Voice Translator, which will provide instant speech translation from any language to any other language. “The ability to communicate with anyone in any language is a superpower that people have always dreamed of, and AI is enabling that in our lives,” he said.
In presentations attended by other Meta directors, other resources and initiatives from the AI pillar were also explained, such as the AI Learning Consortium, an open learning program for machine learning for university faculty and students.
Last year, when he mentioned his plans to lead the metaverse competition, the project even involved Changed company name to Meta, The company revealed that it intends to spend between $29 billion and $34 billion 2022 for the construction of the virtual universe.