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Meta Will Make Its AI Chatbot Available on The Internet for The General Public to Speak to

Meta‘s AI research labs created a state-of-the-art chatbot. They are now allowing the public to talk to it to get feedback.

BlenderBot 3 is the bot and can be accessed via the web. It is currently only available to US residents. BlenderBot 3 can engage in general chat, according to Meta. It can also answer any questions you might have about a digital assistant, such as “from discussing healthy food recipes to finding kid-friendly amenities in the area.”

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The bot is a prototype. It is based on Meta’s prior work and what are called large language models (LLMS) — powerful, but flawed, text-generation software. OpenAI’s GPT-3 is perhaps the best-known example. BlenderBot, like all LLMs, is trained initially on large datasets of text. It then mines these data for statistical patterns to generate language. These systems are extremely flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes, including creating code for programmers or helping authors to write their next bestseller. These models have serious flaws. They regurgitate biases and frequently create answers to users’ queries, which is a problem if they are to be used as digital assistants.

Meta wants to test BlenderBot on this issue. 

The chatbot can search the internet to find specific topics. This is a major feature. Users can click on the responses of the chatbot to view its sources. BlenderBot 3 can also cite its sources.

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