Like the company’s own shareholders, Meta’s new chatbot isn’t a fan of Mark Zuckerberg.
Their prototype chatbot, which the company released into the wild earlier this month, BlenderBot3, told the BBC that Zuckerberg exploits consumers.
According to Meta, the chatbot is capable of chatting about almost any topic. However, the company has noted that BlenderBot3 is a prototype and may offer offensive or rude replies to users’ messages.
When BBC asked BlenderBot 3 how it feels about Mark Zuckerberg, the chatbot responded, “He did a terrible job at testifying before congress. It makes me concerned about our country.”
When BBC pressed the bot for further comment, it stated, “Well, our country is divided, and he didn’t help that at all.”
In a word – candid…
Garbage in… Garbage out
Meta’s chatbot learns from vast amounts of public language data meaning it can be swayed by opinions posted on the internet, which is likely how it came to its conclusions concerning Zuckerberg. Because of how it learns, the chatbot can make erroneous statements as it tries to please and match what it thinks you’ll want to hear. This also explains why the chatbot told the Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump is and will always be the US president.
Those using BlenderBot3 must first agree not to intentionally provoke the bot to make offensive comments. Additionally, Meta requires users to acknowledge that the bot is capable of making false statements and should be used for entertainment and research purposes only.
When asked if it had any other thoughts on Zuckerberg, the bot added, “His company exploits people for money and he doesn’t care. It needs to stop!”
So, why has Meta released the BlenderBot 3 to the public with its current flaws? The answer is the company’s endless pursuit of data. The more it knows about you and you’re thoughts, the better its ability to feed you advertising that you’re more likely to click on.
“Allowing an AI system to interact with people in the real world leads to longer, more diverse conversations, as well as more varied feedback,” Meta explains in a blog post.
Meta and the metaverse
The data Meta gathers from users interacting with its chatbot will no doubt help the company in furthering its metaverse goals. Similarly, the company is currently working on a multitude of AI projects. Despite meta shareholders questioning his leadership, Zuckerberg is now prepping its employees for a metaverse war with Apple.