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Zuckerberg says Meta’s Llama 3 is really good but no chatbot is sophisticated enough to be an ‘existential’ threat — yet

Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Meta’s latest generation of its Llama model on Thursday.

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  • Meta launched the latest iteration of its chatbot, Llama 3, on Thursday.
  • Mark Zuckerberg said the chatbot is “state-of-the-art” and has improved reasoning.
  • However, no model, including Meta’s, poses “existential risks,” he told The Verge.

Meta launched the latest iteration of its AI chatbot on Thursday with Llama 3, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it’s supposed to be really good.

The new model boasts “state-of-the-art” performance on various industry-standard benchmarks and comes with “improved reasoning,” according to a company blog post. Meta said that it will integrate the model into its AI assistant, Meta AI, which will be available to use across other Meta products, including Instagram.

“With this new model, we believe Meta AI is now the most intelligent AI assistant that you can freely use,” Zuckerberg said in an Instagram post on Thursday.

So, will the bots now take all of our jobs or even lead to our extinction?

Eh, not yet, Zuckerberg said.

In a recent interview with The Verge, the Meta CEO said that no company, not even Meta, is working on a model that is sophisticated enough for humanity to be concerned.

“In terms of all of the concerns around the more existential risks, I don’t think that anything at the level of what we or others in the field are working on in the next year is really in the ballpark of those types of risks,” he told the publication.

It’s one reason Zuckerberg feels that the company can continue making Llama open-source or available for the public or researchers to tinker with.

If Meta’s model achieves multimodality — meaning the ability to deliver results in various forms of media, including text, images, and video — then that may be a case when the company won’t want to make all aspects of its model open-source, Zuckerberg said.

“For example, image generation is one that we’re looking at closely Especially in an election year, is that a net positive thing to do? I think that’s something that we’re still thinking through,” he told The Verge.

A Meta spokesperson declined to provide comment.

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