Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, founder, and CEO of Facebook’s parent firm Meta said Wednesday that his company is working on artificial intelligence (AI) projects that will help build the metaverse. The projects aim to improve how people chat with voice assistants and translate between languages.
Zuckerberg has a real-time net worth of $71.1 billion as of February 24, 2022, and is ranked 15th among the richest people in the world, according to Forbes.
During a live-streamed event, Zuckerberg said that AI is the key to unlocking all needed advances to build the metaverse. One of the tools that were revealed in the event was the ‘Builder Bot,’ a new tool that will fuel creativity in the metaverse, enabling people to generate or import things into the virtual world through voice commands. He showed the tool in a pre-recorded demo where he used speech commands to create a picnic setting.
Another feature that was showcased is ‘No Language Left Behind,’ which is a single system capable of translating between all written languages. This will fuel inclusion as of right now, half the population in the world cannot find online content in their preferred language. The company is also working on an AI system that provides instant speech-to-speech translation across all languages.
Zuckerberg also talked about a company project called CAIRaoke, a new AI project that allows people to have a more natural conversation with voice assistants. This is how people will communicate with AI in the metaverse.
To bring more diversity of talent into AI, the event tackled the AI Learning Alliance, which is making coursework on machine learning open to everyone through Blueprint. Meta will also create a consortium of professors at universities with large populations of underrepresented minorities to teach the curriculum.