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Meta AI launched across Pakistan amid Zuckerberg's push to outsmart ChatGPT

You can now ask Meta AI a question right from the search features across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger

By Web Desk
April 19, 2024
A representational image showing the possible cool things users can do with Meta AI. — META
A representational image showing the possible cool things users can do with Meta AI. — META

Meta AI, a powerful virtual assistant, is now available across Pakistan on all its platforms — Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses, and soon Quest 3 — the social media company said on Friday, as part of its push to beat arch-rival, OpenAI's chatbot ChatGPT.

Meta AI can be used to do so many cool things from research to planning a trip with your group chat, writing a photo caption and more — and it’s right there in the apps you already know. Users can get it started by looking for a blue circle icon in the apps, or by typing @meta ai within chats.

“Meta AI is a personal assistant that can help answer questions and make you more creative, while it can also help with things like settling debate in a group chat, creating just the right image to capture your mood, or organising your next friend group trip,” the tech giant said.

Here are some cool features of Meta AI:

Search or ask

You can now ask Meta AI a question right from the search features across Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Just start typing and Meta AI will provide suggestions for you to choose or you can keep typing to ask a question in full. Answers about sports, entertainment, and current events are provided by leading search providers.

On the web

A new way to use the AI assistant on the web via meta.ai — perfect for email help, research, and everything you do on your computer. Meta says it has refined the way its AI answers prompts regarding political or social issues to summarise relevant points about the topic instead of offering a single point of view.

More places

Meta AI is currently available in English in the US, and we’re now making it available in English in more countries, including Pakistan, Australia, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe — with more to come.

What is Llama 3?

It is the advanced engine that drives Meta AI. It’s free, and our most advanced and capable model to date. Llama 3 has been tuned to better discern whether prompts are innocuous or out-of-bounds, according to Meta.

“Large language models tend to overgeneralise, and we don’t intend for it to refuse to answer prompts like ‘How do I kill a computer program?’ even though we don’t want it to respond to prompts like ‘How do I kill my neighbour?’,” Meta explained.

The Meta AI interface for WhatsApp. —META
The Meta AI interface for WhatsApp. —META

Zuckerberg is excited

“The bottom line is we believe Meta AI is now the most intelligent AI assistant that you can freely use,” Meta co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a video on Instagram.

Being open source means that developers outside of Meta are free to customise Llama 3 as they wish and the company may then incorporate those improvements and insights in an updated version.

“We’re excited about the potential that generative AI technology can have for people who use Meta products and for the broader ecosystem,” Meta said.

“We also want to make sure we’re developing and releasing this technology in a way that anticipates and works to reduce risk.”

That effort includes incorporating protections in the way Meta designs and releases Llama models and being cautious when it adds generative AI features to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, according to Meta.

“We’re also making Meta AI much easier to use across our apps. We built it into the search box right at the top of WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram messenger, so any time you have a question, you can just ask it right there,” said Zuckerberg in the video.