Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg Unveils Digital AI Assistants for Metaverse

by Boaz Feldman

Artificial Intelligence that can learn, mimic and predict human behavior. That’s the next thing Meta Platforms Inc. is planning to introduce to the Metaverse. Facebook has been investing in AI for the last ten years, hoping to build AI Assistants that can transverse the physical and virtual worlds.

“Project CAIRaoke”

The AI assistant doesn't have a name yet, but that's what the developers are calling it at the moment. It’s a hands-free digital assistant that can help users interact with physical devices like Meta’s Portal video-calling device and augmented-reality glasses.

Zuckerberg said in a presentation that the assistant would help Metaverse users navigate the virtual world easily by obeying commands like setting reminders…and even helping out with cooking. 

In his demonstration, Project CAIRaoke was used by a family to help cook a stew, with the AI reminding that salt was present already, noticed that they were low on salt, and even ordered more.

Builder Bot

How about generating your own virtual world? Saying what you would want it to look like and it is exactly so?

In his presentation at Meta’s live-streamed Inside The Lab event, Zuckerberg showcased a demo of Builder Bot. He appeared as an avatar and gave speech commands for a beach to appear, including minute details like clouds and even a picnic blanket!

He said in the nearest future, “…you'll be able to create nuanced worlds to explore and share experiences with others, with just your voice...”

Universal Translator

Maybe borrowing an idea or two from Star Trek and Green Lantern, Meta also introduced an AI that would be able to provide instantaneous speech-to-speech translations across all known languages, beating the previous goal of the company to translate written languages.

“The ability to communicate with anyone in any language is a superpower that was dreamt of forever,” Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg is investing heavily in the Metaverse as it is hyped up to be the successor to the internet. An assistant with you at the helm to ease surfing through this virtual world doesn't sound so bad.Moreover, the world isn’t new to digital assistants as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa have become quite commonplace. But what Meta is promising, an AI assistant that can navigate the Metaverse is the first of its kind.