Facebook creates exec team to work on Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for a digital universe

“‘Today Portal and Oculus can teleport you into a room with another person, regardless of physical distance, or to new virtual worlds and experiences,’ Bosworth wrote. ‘But to achieve our full vision of the Metaverse, we also need to build the connective tissue between these spaces — so you can remove the limitations of physics and move between them with the same ease as moving from one room in your home to the next.’”


Facebook Robots Are Getting Smarter, Watch Them In The Wild (Video)

“Since it’s not possible to pre-program the infinite range of experiences that can happen in the real world, robots are learning how to adapt to the unknown by training in simulation on millions of trial and error iterations – similar to how babies learn.

‘Our goal is to bring the benefits of deep learning to robotics because the world is a variable that needs to be rapidly adapted to,’ said Jitendra Malik, director of Facebook AI Research.”


Facebook AI guru says regulate its use, not the tech

  • “’I am generally in favour of regulating a particular application rather than a technology’ in general, Yann LeCun, said in an interview.
  • ‘We could possibly also develop robots that are somewhat intelligent and autonomous: machines that we give a task to but don’t explain how to do it,’ LeCun said.”


13 acquisitions highlight Big Tech’s AI talent grab in 2020

  • “In early 2020, news emerged that Facebook had acquired London-based computer vision startup Scape Technologies
  • Though this acquisition was actually finalized in December 2019, it wasn’t until February that Facebook confirmed it had quietly bought London-based deep learning research startup Atlas ML.
  • In November, Facebook confirmed it was buying New York-based customer relationship management (CRM) platform Kustomer in a deal thought to be worth $1 billion.”

13 acquisitions highlight Big Tech’s AI talent grab in 2020

The State of AI 2020: Breaking Down the Annual Report

“Other predictions: A top tech company will shutter its AI lab in a strategic reset. Google’s DeepMind will make a breakthrough in biology-drug discovery, while Facebook will make one with computer vision and AR/VR. An AI-first drug discovery startup exits for $1+ billion.”