Meta's AI goes viral for speaking about imaginary kid in parenting group

Meta's AI goes viral for speaking about imaginary kid in parenting group

Meta's "super-intelligent" AI assistant has made waves after pretending to have a child in a New York parenting group on Facebook.

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Mark Zuckerberg aimed for the stars this week, unveiling what he called "the most intelligent AI assistant you can freely use”. 

Instead of groundbreaking brilliance, Meta's AI launch landed with a thud – a hilarious, slightly concerning thud.

Imagine receiving advice on a parenting Facebook group from a mom who has faced the same struggle as you - except the child doesn't exist. That's the kind of awkward exchange users encountered when Meta's AI assistants, hyped as the future of digital help, ventured into the wild world of social media. Take a look at the viral post below: 

According to AP News, one bot attempted to donate a "slightly used unicorn" on a Buy Nothing forum, leaving users more confused than charitable.

This isn't just Meta's problem. It's a glimpse into the bumpy ride of AI assistants. 

Tech giants like Google and OpenAI, along with hotshot startups like Anthropic, Cohere and France's Mistral, are all in a race to build the smartest, most helpful chatbot  However, these early attempts show we're far from living with robot butlers (phew or boo hoo, depending on your sci-fi movie preferences).

The silver lining? These AI assistants are constantly learning. Their blunders are like a toddler tripping over their own feet – embarrassing, sure, but also a sign of development. The hope for developers and tech companies is that these chatbots will one day seamlessly integrate into our lives.

For now, though, get ready for more entertainment (and maybe a touch of worry) as these chatty AIs stumble towards super-intelligence. Buckle up, because the future of AI assistants promises to be a wild, unpredictable ride.

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