Meta launched Llama 3 and claimed “it will be the most potent free-use AI model”

April 22, 2024 by
Frank Calviño

Meta has launched Llama 3, its most powerful AI so far, which it claims “has no rival among AIs that can be used for free,” and to prove it is already integrating it into Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Messenger.

Meta’s Llama 3 is an open-source AI model that boasts of having the community as its main pillar, thanks to the “Meta open and transparent approach” claims Zuckerberg’s company. 

The Llama 3 assistant will be able to be used in feeds, chats, and Meta app searches. Moreover, Meta promises that this assistant will be faster when generating images, as it will be able to produce them as the user types in the chatbot.

Llama 3 is a version that features previously trained language models tuned to 8B and 70B parameter instructions. The company promises several new capabilities for this new model in the coming months, including longer context windows, additional model sizes, and improved performance. However, Llama 3 already enjoys improved reasoning capabilities over the previous generation.

Llama 3: Multilingual and multimodal 

Meta aims to make Llama 3 multilingual and multimodal, allowing it to enjoy a broader context and improve performance in aspects such as reasoning or coding. So much so that Llama 3 will be available on all platforms, such as AWS, Databricks or Vertex AI; it will even be the basis of Meta AI, Meta's leading assistant that will permeate other company services.

Meta AI is available in English in more than a dozen countries outside the U.S., including Australia, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

“Meta AI is better than ever. We're excited to share our next-generation assistant with even more people and can't wait to see how it improves people's lives,” Meta stresses. While these updates are specific to Meta AI on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and the web, “Meta AI is also available in the U.S. on Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses and will be coming to Meta Quest. We'll have more to share in the coming weeks,” they assure.

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