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Meta showcases how you can build things in the metaverse using only voice

If you are interested in Meta’s metaverse and look forward to building things in the virtual world, it is going to be very easy to do so.

Building stuff in the real world is not easy, as any cabinet maker will gladly tell you. However, building in the metaverse being promoted by Meta will be a walk in the park, according to a presentation by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. During a live event, Zuckerberg showed off a proof of concept named Builder Bot that allows you to build things in the virtual world by simply describing them.

With this simple method of creating stuff, Meta hopes to attract more people to the Horizon metaverse. The tech will also be good for creating art pieces using artificial intelligence, AI.

Zuckerberg demonstrated how to create using Builder Bot. You can, for instance, start by simply saying, “let’s go to the beach,” at which the bot will create a 3D landscape of a beach environment. You can continue by adding different beach features like islands, clouds, or even a hydrofoil. The hydrofoil was actually a personal joke, as there are memes of the billionaire CEO riding a hydrofoil while holding a US flag. But that is not all, because you can add sounds, like the one made by crashing waves, as Zuckerberg did in the demo. But if you wish, you could add up some music, especially those that go with the beach.

Meta isn’t the first company to attempt creating images using voice commands. Projects like OpenAI’s DALL-E, Nvidia’s GauGAN2, VQGAN+CLIP, and Dream by Wombo have all tried it in the past. However, they have only produced 2D images and usually without any further interaction. Meanwhile, other researchers are working on 3D creations independent from Meta.

It is clear that Meta’s version is more advanced. Obviously, Builder Bot takes voice commands to build 3D objects that you can walk around and interact with, and the company is even targeting more sophisticated interactions. Zuckerberg promised that more nuanced creation is coming, allowing you to explore and share your designs with other people.

Also, during the presentation, Meta announced a universal language translator, an updated conversational AI system, and an effort to create new translation models for languages that do not have large written data sets.

The universal language translator is an ambitious attempt to develop a software platform that works for everyone globally. It is an example of how Meta plans to exploit AI powers fully. Meta wants to target the languages not being served by existing translation tools. Some of these underserved languages do not have readily available corpora of written text required to train translation AI systems.

The team within Meta responsible for the research wrote, “Eliminating language barriers would be profound, making it possible for billions of people to access information online in their native or preferred language. Advances in [machine translation] won’t just help those people who don’t speak one of the languages that dominate the internet today; they’ll also fundamentally change the way people in the world connect and share ideas.”

However, as Zuckerberg admitted in the presentation, all the interactions users take for granted in 3D environments are challenging to create and enable. For example, AI can be problematic to moderate if users intentionally request offensive content, as Microsoft learned with its Twitter bot named Tay, which mischievous users taught to spew racist and hateful content in a matter of days. The software giant had to shut down the whole experiment. AI could also adopt human biases and stereotypes if care is not taken.

Meta has not discussed the limits of Builder Bots or the details of what it is capable of. This means users of Horizon Worlds may not be using Builder Bots to build anything yet.

Written by HackerVibes

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