Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that his platform will take not more than ten years to outperform humans at several tasks as it will be a lot more intelligent than it is today. The firm has made a huge investment in artificial intelligence, the Facebook founder told Fast Company in an interview.
Simplifying life for humans
Zuckerberg hopes that AI will help the platform do everything from organizing users’ diaries to recognizing friends in pictures.
”One of our goals for the next five to 10 years is to basically get better than human level at all of the primary human senses: vision, hearing, language, general cognition,” Zuckerberg said.
The Facebook CEO said he is not worried about “taste” and “smell” for now. Facebook hopes to take advantage of the large quantities of data users produce on a daily basis. Facebook’s VP of engineering, Jay Parikh, said a lot more data will be generated on the latest happenings in the world and that “the conventional models and systems we have today won’t scale.” If things happening around the world increase 10- or 20- or 50-fold, then everyone will need these “really intelligent systems.”
Facebook already making use of AI systems
In an industry conference this week, Facebook’s artificial intelligence team revealed their latest work, including the development of software that can analyze a photo and answer questions related to what it shows and study a picture of toy blocks and make a prediction about whether they will fall over or not. It is possible to get all this done by hiring a human expert, but mustering an army of such sharp brains would cost a lot.
In a briefing with reporters, Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, said AI systems make it possible for them to get enough scale to deploy them to everyone on the planet. The social network is already using this work to better spam-prevention tools and software for verification of ads to ensure that they meet the company’s standards.
Facebook is working on building ‘artificial brain,’ and hopes to turn it into a virtual personal assistant capable of sorting through a large number of photos, posts and comments that the next billion or so Facebook users will post. Facebook calls its artificial brain M, many believe it to be named after James Bond’s secretary, Moneypenny.