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Meta invests in artificial general intelligence (AGI) development

Date: January 19, 2024.Meta is joining the race to develop artificial general intelligence (AGI), a form of artificial intelligence that can match or surpass human intelligence in almost any domain. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this ambitious goal in an interview with The Verge.

Artificial general intelligence (AGI) refers to a hypothetical form of artificial intelligence that possesses the ability to understand, learn, and apply knowledge across a wide range of tasks and domains. AGI aims to replicate human-level intelligence and cognitive abilities, enabling it to accomplish any intellectual task that humans or animals can perform. If realized, AGI could handle a variety of tasks and exhibit cognitive flexibility, adaptability, and general problem-solving skills. This would go beyond the capabilities of current narrow or specialized AI systems, which are designed for specific tasks. (~Merlin)

The development of AGI is a primary goal of some artificial intelligence research groups and companies, such as OpenAI, DeepMind, and Anthropic. There is debate over the potential risks posed by AGI, with some viewing it as an existential risk to humanity and others considering the development of AGI to be too remote to present a significant risk. Overall, AGI represents the aspiration to create AI systems that possess human-like general intelligence and can perform a wide range of tasks with cognitive abilities resembling those of humans.

Besides Meta, Google, Microsoft, and Elon Musk’s xAI are all competing to produce super AI capable of solving complicated problems and reasoning like humans.

Meta has already launched its own AI model, Llama 2, to power its chatbot and other applications. Zuckerberg stated that his teams are working on a new version of the model. This version would be more complex and comprehensive. He also stated that the definition of AGI is not clear. There is no agreement among data scientists on what it exactly entails.

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