Microsoft is leading the way in the field of artificial intelligence worldwide, in collaboration with OpenAI. On the other hand, Meta, a competing company, is also considering joining the AI race. Meta’s primary objective is to create “super AI” and develop it to reach the same level as humans.
In an interview with The Verge, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, stated on Thursday that his company is now pursuing the development of super artificial intelligence with the goal of creating AI capable of problem-solving and rationalizing at the same level as humans.
Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is the primary objective of OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT, and is also being pursued by the AI departments at Google. Meta, through its developmental goal for AGI, is expected to compete directly with tech giants like Google and Microsoft.
During a recent talk, Zuckerberg mentioned that Meta has hired some of the best engineers to work on expanding their presence in AI, and their main objective is to achieve general intelligence.
Mark Zuckerberg has stated that building products that require general intelligence is crucial for the success of their company. He believes that this is important to attract the best researchers who want to work on more ambitious problems.
The competition in the AI sector has increased, with big tech companies like Microsoft, Google, Elon Musk’s new startup xAI, and now, Meta joining the race. The Information, a tech media outlet, reported that Google is offering stock compensation to retain its researchers, while OpenAI is attracting top talent with multimillion-dollar pay packages.
AI is causing concerns of potential job cuts
Meta, a company that is researching general intelligence (AGI) has released its AI model called Llama 2. In addition, Zuckerberg has announced that his teams are working on a new version of AI. The chatbot of Llama 2 is now available to the public.
However, the rapid development of artificial intelligence has raised concerns in the industry of potential job cuts in the future. Google has already laid off hundreds of employees this year and more layoffs are expected in 2024.
It has been reported that HumaneAI, which is backed by Microsoft, had laid off a significant number of its employees in January 2024, just before launching its first-ever product – a wearable AI pin.
As for Meta, there have been no reports of job cuts so far this year. However, many large tech companies have already laid off a total of 7,500 employees in the first three weeks of January 2024, causing concerns about the potential impact of AI on human employment.