Meta employees are testing a new AI-powered chatbot
It’s called Metamate and, at least for now, it’s meant to be an assistant that uses company data to help employees perform different tasks.
Meta is giving its employees access to an AI-powered chatbot that is trained on internal data. Images of a new AI-based chatbot for Instagram have been circulating recently, however, it’s unclear whether the two projects are identical. The AI currently tested by Meta employees, in fact, seems to be designed for internal use.
The Verge reports that Meta has developed an internal chatbot called Metamate that uses company data to help employees summarize meetings, write code and solve problems. Employees will be able to create their own requests and share them with colleagues. In short, it would be a sort of assistant designed specifically for the needs of Meta’s staff. It would not surprise us, however, if this testing phase led to a product intended for the general public, or at least for other companies.
Meta is starting to roll it out internally to a small group now. In the past, The Verge had also written that Meta was in talks with OpenAI and Microsoft to power one of its chatbots using GPT-4, the same technology behind the latest version of ChatGPT and Bing Chat. It seems that in the end Meta opted for a proprietary LLM and not based on third-party technology.