Facebook’s New AI Sports More ‘Common Sense,’ Says Chief Scientist

Facebook's New AI will offer more common sense says head scientist, Yann LeCun

The rising popularity of artificial intelligence has made tech companies busy in recent years. Now, Facebook may be the next one to release its own AI.

Facebook’s Chief AI scientist, Yann LeCun has announced in recent interviews that the tech giant is developing its own AI chips that could help it make more conversational digital assistants and intelligently monitor Facebook content in real time.

“In terms of new uses, one thing Facebook would be interested in is offering smart digital assistants — something that has a level of common sense,” LeCun told the Financial Times. “They have background knowledge, and you can have a discussion with them on any topic.”

According to reports, LeCun aims to develop a digital assistant for Facebook that is more like humans, and that understands “what will happen when the world responds to [its] interactions with it.”

Aside from smart assistants, Facebook also plans to develop AI chips that can intelligently monitor contents in real time, with the intention to support human moderators in deciding what to keep in the social network and what to remove. Further, he said that Facebook is developing the chips with lower power consumption and faster information processing capabilities.

Last April, the company have started assembling a team of scientists and tech engineers to develop the said chips, as they aim to keep pace with other tech giants like Google, Intel, and Qualcomm in the AI arms race. The social media offered jobs in AI chip development and machine learning for Oculus virtual reality headsets. Facebook already utilizes artificial intelligence in fighting off bots, fake accounts, and fixing images (like auto-tagging).

At the 2019 International Solid-State Circuits Conference on Tuesday, LeCun also said that computer chips, nowadays, are not optimized for deep learning, that’s why people are “trying to design new ways of representing numbers that will be more efficient.”

If Facebook releases its new AI chips soon, it will become the latest company to release smart assistants following the path taken by Google, Apple, and Intel. Other intelligent assistants that have already been released are Alexa and Siri that has had grown its popularity throughout the years.

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