Today at the annual Connect conference, Meta announced several AI products and features that will soon be available on WhatsApp.
We are inspired by the possibilities of Generative AI, and how it can help people be more creative, productive, and entertained simply by sending a message. With so many conversations taking place on WhatsApp, we want to help people all over the world access this emerging technology.
To start, we’re introducing three new AI services powered by Meta that represent the first steps in what we expect to be a long path of experimentation for all of us. Starting today, some users can start testing the following in chats with friends and family:
AI stickers: You can now create a custom sticker that represents a thought or idea that’s just right for your chat.
AI chats: With Meta’s AIs, you can ask any question to find out more about topics or try and settle a debate in your group chat, including getting the perspective from dozens of characters Meta has created that respond in interesting ways.
Photorealistic Image Generation: By typing the prompt /imagine, AIs allow you to generate images to represent an idea, place, or person.
For those who are new to the early capabilities of Generative AI, we’ve put together some basics on how these systems work to protect your privacy. The most important thing to know is that your personal messages with friends and family are off limits. AIs can read what is sent to them, but your personal messages remain end-to-end encrypted, so no one else, including Meta, can see them.
In addition, we’re interested in helping businesses improve the quality and speed of services they provide to people through the AI of their choice. We’re working behind the scenes with a few partners now and we’ll have more to say about this in the months to come.
We’ll keep everyone updated in the app as we make these tools available to more people in more languages. We very much look forward to your feedback and hearing about what you create.