Facebook is operating on building up an AI voice assistant comparative in functionality to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, as per a report from CNBC and a later explanation from a Facebook representative.
The CNBC report, which refers to “several people familiar with the matter,” says the project has been continuous since mid 2018 in the organization’s offices in Redmond, Washington. The endeavor is driven by Ira Snyder, whose listed title on LinkedIn is “Director, AR/VR and Facebook Assistant at Facebook.” Facebook Assistant might be the name of the project. CNBC composes that Facebook has been connecting with merchants in the smart speaker supply chain, proposing that Portal may just be the first of many smart gadgets the organization makes.
At the point when reached for comment, Facebook sent an announcement to Reuters, The Verge, and others, saying: “We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus, and future products.”
Portal is a messaging-focused smart display product that propelled in November of a year ago. At present, it incorporates Amazon Alexa rather than a Facebook-created voice assistant. The item’s cost was as of late sliced from $199 to $99 as a major aspect of a Mother’s Day promotion.
Facebook has previously explored different avenues regarding AI integrations and bots inside its Messenger service, including a chat-based virtual assistant. Be that as it may, this new project appears to be focused around interfaces for hardware gadgets like the Portal and the Oculus Rift VR headset.
The disclosure that Facebook is taking a shot at an associate like this has been cause for worry among privacy hawks, as gadgets like this may often be listening to the households in which they’ve been installed. The organization has an abysmal track record with regards to client privacy, to such an extent that CEO Mark Zuckerberg as of late reported beginning intends to upgrade vast pieces of the business.
There’s no reason to expect now that Facebook will look to contend with Alexa or Google Assistant by offering its very own assistant to third parties for use in their gadgets. In any case, the organization’s poor privacy track record will be a worry should it seek after that way.