Meta CEO Takes a Deep Dive into the Metaverse with AI Language Translator – Will It Get People?

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently demonstrated another technology that he says will be key to the company’s ambition to create sensory experiences: a universal language translator.

Facebook-owned Meta researches artificial intelligence to create worlds through speech, revolutionize the way people communicate with voice assistants, and translate between languages.

“The big goal here is to build a universal model that can include knowledge across all modalities…all information acquired through immersive sensors,” Zuckerberg quoted as saying by Engadget.

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Meta hailed self-supervised machine learning as a game-changer to help create and understand a future populated by many digital realities.

Unlike other types of AI, these systems learn the laws of the domain they are trying to understand through observation rather than human classification.

Zuckerberg showed off 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 Takes The Metaverse Seriously

“It allows you to describe a world and then automatically generates elements of that world,” the billionaire explained.

The CEO of Meta believes that the metaverse, a futuristic concept of virtual spaces in which users can socialize, work and play, will be the successor to the mobile Internet.

Zuckerberg pointed out that Facebook has constantly worked to develop technology that allows more people to use the Internet and is confident that these efforts will extend to the metaverse as well.

The path to the metaverse, according to Antoine Bordes, managing director of Meta AI research, “passes through AI”.

Among the projects Facebook touted was a language translation system that could convert documents directly between 100 languages ​​in real time without the need for an intermediate language like English.

According to Meta, almost a quarter of the world’s population currently speaks a language that is not covered by commercial translation systems.

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Deep foray into the virtual realm

“We don’t have to wait for the metaverse to show up to have an effect,” Bordes explained.

For now though, the technology appears to be at a relatively early stage.

Zuckerberg’s virtual setting 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 lackluster earnings report, has invested heavily in its new direction on the metaverse.

Zuckerberg said Meta also works on “egocentric data,” which involves observing worlds from a first-person perspective.

He said he has brought together a global partnership of 13 universities and research institutes to collaborate on the world’s largest egocentric dataset, dubbed Ego4D.

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