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Meta, long an A.I. leader, tries not to be left out of the boom

By Cade Metz and Mike Isaac

07 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

"Move fast and break things," was a mantra Facebook swore by. But in the generative AI race, Meta has been forced to slow down despite its expertise. Find out why in this insightful NYT story.

SAN FRANCISCO — Two weeks before a chatbot called ChatGPT appeared on the internet in November and wowed the world, Meta, the owner of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, unveiled a chatbot of its own.

Called Galactica, it was designed for scientific research. It could instantly write its own articles, solve math problems, generate computer code and annotate images.

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