How would you feel if your social media posts were used to train a virtual assistant without your consent? This is exactly what happens to the millions of people who own Facebook and Instagram.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, admits that it uses public posts from Instagram and Facebook members to train its new artificial intelligence assistant, Meta AI.
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What is meta-AI?
So, what exactly is Meta AI? It is a conversational assistant capable of answering text queries and generating photorealistic images from text prompts. It is available in beta on WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram and will soon be available on Ray-Ban Meta and Quest 3 smart glasses. Meta AI is powered by generative technologies such as Llama 2 and Emu, capable of creating text and images. images from large formats. datasets.
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What content does Meta use from public posts to train its AI?
According to Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global business, the tech giant uses both text and photos from public Instagram and Facebook posts to train Meta AI. It claims that posts are selected based on popularity and engagement and are stripped of any personal information before being fed into the AI system. It also claims that Meta has built-in protections into Meta AI to prevent misuse and abuse, such as filtering harmful or offensive content.
Concerns about privacy and ethical implications
Some of the people who use the platforms have raised concerns about the privacy and ethical implications of using their public posts to train Meta AI. They argue that Meta did not obtain their explicit consent to use their posts and that they were not informed of how their data is used.
They also question whether Meta has done enough to ensure that Meta AI does not generate harmful or misleading content or infringe on the intellectual property rights of their original content.
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Meta’s AI raises more questions than answers
Meta has not revealed how many posts it used to train Meta AI or how it plans to notify members whose posts are used. It also did not reveal how it would handle requests from members who want to opt out of having their posts used for AI training. Meta said it will continue to use public posts to improve Meta AI, as well as other AI features such as AI stickers, restyle, and backdrop.
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Kurt’s Key Takeaways
Meta’s AI assistant is trained on public Instagram and Facebook posts. This raises serious questions about the privacy and consent of the members who created these posts. Meta should be more transparent and accountable about how it uses and protects its members’ data and respect their rights and preferences as original creators.
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