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Facebook Aims to Create 'Common Sense' AI

Olivia Long - February 20, 2019 - 04:41 PM
Facebook Aims to Create 'Common Sense' AI
Facebook is reportedly planning to create an artificially intelligent assistant with "common sense".

(CCM) — Facebook is hoping to re-enter the AI assistant arena, this time with voice technology infused with "common sense". In an interview with The Financial Times, Facebook's chief AI scientist, Yann LeCunn, shared Facebook's vision of an artificially intelligent voice assistant as one that "has background knowledge and can have a discussion on any topic." In short, its ideal assistant would be able to reason the way that a human does.

"In terms of new uses, one thing Facebook would be interested in is offering smart digital assistants — something that has a level of common sense. [It will understand] what will happen when the world responds to [its] interactions with it," LeCunn said of Facebook's ambitions in a statement.

The potential project is one of many resulting from Facebook's decision to create its own custom "ASIC" artificial intelligence chips to support its AI programs. In addition to offering a hyper-intelligent assistant, this would also allow the company to better monitor abusive content on the social network.

This is not the first time that Facebook has pondered the subject of AI assistants. In 2015, Facebook released its ill-fated assistant, M. And in 2016, CEO Mark Zuckerberg built his own assistant modeled after the character Jarvis from the Iron Man comic and movie series.

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