Recently Facebook has just announced their partnership with Intel in the hope of developing a more advanced, specialized, and smarter AI chip. They plan to one day create a more powerful virtual assistant than both Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. While countless tech giants including Google have attempted to do just this, Facebook seems to be taking a very serious approach.
“If there’s any stone unturned, we’re going to work on it,” Yann LeCun, Facebook’s chief AI scientist, told the Financial Times.
If Facebook can make this feat happen, it will offer them a tremendous amount of insight for their platform. A specialized form of AI would help the company in its battle against content monitoring as it would more efficiently be able to detect and remove abusive content from the site. In addition, this could be a big step for improvement for Facebook’s hardware sector, where they have recently developed the home-device, Portal.
While this may be a boost for Facebook, as well as a “wake up call” for the other big players in AI, Facebook is still under hot water for its allegations regarding data privacy and security. Not only can this opportunity potentially give the company a leg up, but with the already existing skepticism regarding virtual assistants and privacy, this can also go very south.