In a recent podcast, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and AI researcher Lex Fridman showcased hyper-realistic "codec avatars" developed by Meta's Reality Labs.
Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off Ultra-realistic Metaverse Avatars
In a recent podcast, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and AI researcher Lex Fridman showcased hyper-realistic "codec avatars" developed by Meta's Reality Labs. The digital doppelgangers captured subtle facial expressions and body language. According to Fridman, the experience was akin to speaking in person, despite being very far apart.
Meta, according to Zuckerberg, has transcended the "uncanny valley" with natural avatars that make users feel at ease. AI will be fully incorporated into software and hardware as part of Meta's long-term metaverse ambition to enable immersive socializing.
CTO Andrew Bosworth highlighted AI is critical to interpreting metaverse content and improving the platform during Meta's Connect conference. However, important technological and social concerns related to privacy, security, and mental health must be addressed before widespread adoption of virtual worlds linked by AI.
Zuckerberg acknowledges the challenges Meta faces, and welcomes criticism from users, regulators and experts. Previously, Meta laid off 11,000 employees
and reported a $13.7 billion loss
in 2022, following their pivot to focus on the metaverse.
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