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Meta Unveils a More Powerful A.I. and Isn't Fretting Over Who Uses It

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg appearing via video at the DealBook conference last year.

Meta is offering its latest A.I. technology to anyone who wants to work with it.

Credit: Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

The largest companies in the tech industry have spent the year warning that development of artificial intelligence technology is outpacing their wildest expectations and that they need to limit who has access to it.

Mark Zuckerberg is doubling down on a different tack: He's giving it away.

Mr. Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Meta, said on Tuesday that he planned to provide the code behind the company's latest and most advanced A.I. technology to developers and software enthusiasts around the world free of charge.

The decision, similar to one that Meta made in February, could help the company reel in competitors like Google and Microsoft. Those companies have moved more quickly to incorporate generative artificial intelligence — the technology behind OpenAI's popular ChatGPT chatbot — into their products.

"When software is open, more people can scrutinize it to identify and fix potential issues," Mr. Zuckerberg said in a post to his personal Facebook page.

From The New York Times
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