Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently demonstrated another technology that he believes would be critical to the company’s ambition of creating sensory experiences: a universal language translator.
Meta, which is owned by Facebook, is conducting research into artificial intelligence in order to create worlds through speech, revolutionize how people communicate with voice assistants, and translate between languages.
“The big goal here is to construct a universal model that can include knowledge across all modalities… all the information that is acquired through immersive sensors,” Zuckerberg said in quotes by Engadget.
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Meta hailed self-supervised machine learning as a game-changer for assisting in the creation and comprehension of a future populated by many digital realities.
Unlike other types of AI, these systems acquire the laws of the domain they are attempting to comprehend by observation, rather than through human classification.
Zuckerberg demoed an early version of the concept, named Builder Bot, at a virtual event highlighting the company’s latest AI development.
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Meta CEO Is Serious About The Metaverse
“It allows you to describe a world and then automatically generates elements of that world,” the billionaire explained.
The Meta CEO believes the metaverse, a futuristic concept of virtual spaces in which users may socialize, work and play, will be the mobile internet’s successor.
Zuckerberg emphasized that Facebook has consistently worked to develop technology that enable more people to use the internet and is sure that those efforts will extend to the Metaverse as well.
The path to the metaverse, according to Meta AI research managing chief Antoine Bordes, “passes through AI.”
Among the projects touted by Facebook was a language translation system capable of converting documents directly between 100 languages in real time without the need for an intermediary language such as English.
According to Meta, nearly a quarter of the world’s population currently speaks a language that is not covered by commercial language translation systems.
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Deep Foray Into The Virtual Realm
“We do not need to wait for the metaverse to manifest in order to have an effect,” Bordes explained.
For now though, the technology seems to be in a relatively early stage.
Zuckerberg’s virtual etting appeared to be significantly flatter and with lower-resolution than previous metaverse demos.
Facebook, which just lost a third of its market value after a sluggish earnings report, has invested extensively in its new focus on the metaverse.
Zuckerberg said Meta was also working on “egocentric data,” which entails observing worlds from a first-person perspective.
He said that it had pulled together a global partnership of 13 universities and research institutes to collaborate on the world’s biggest egocentric dataset, dubbed Ego4D.
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