Social media giant Meta has reportedly dissolved its division responsible for regulating its artificial intelligence (AI) projects as they are developed and deployed.
Many members of the team responsible for Meta’s AI division have moved to roles within the company’s generative AI product division, with some joining the AI infrastructure team, according to a report .
Meta’s generative AI team, established in February, focuses on developing products that generate language and images to mimic the equivalent human-created version. This has come as tech companies have poured money into developing machine learning to avoid being left behind in the AI race. Meta is among the big tech companies that have been playing catch-up since the AI boom took off.
The restructuring comes as Facebook’s parent company nears the end of its “year of efficiency,” as CEO Mark Zuckerberg called it during an earnings conference call in February. So far, this has resulted in a wave of company layoffs, team mergers and redistributions.
Ensuring the safety of AI has become a priority for major players in the industry, especially as regulators and other officials pay greater attention to the potential harms of the nascent technology. In July, Anthropic, Google, Microsoft and OpenAI formed an industry group tasked with setting security standards as AI advances.
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According to the report, the responsible team members of the AI division have been redistributed within the company, but remain committed to supporting the responsible development and use of AI, with a focus on investments continued in this area.
The company recently introduced two AI-based generative models. The first, Emu Video, leverages Meta’s previous Emu model and can generate video clips based on text and image inputs. The second model, Emu Edit, focuses on image manipulation, promising more precision in image editing.
Cointelegraph has reached out to Meta for more information, but has not yet received a response.
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