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Meta is getting more serious about securing its place in the growing artificial intelligence arms race.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this Thursday that Meta plans to build its own artificial general intelligence, known as AGI, which is an artificial intelligence that equals or surpasses human intelligence in almost all areas.

He assured that the company plans to open it to developers.

In a video posted on Threads, Meta's social network, Zuckerberg detailed that building the best AI for chatbots, creators, and businesses requires more advancements in AI across the board.

"It is increasingly clear that the next generation of services requires developing comprehensive general intelligence," he said.

"Our long-term vision is to develop general intelligence, open it responsibly, and make it widely available so everyone can benefit," he added in a post on Threads.

To handle this kind of processing power, Zuckerberg said Target is on track to have around 350,000 Nvidia AI chips by the end of the year.

The company also plans to grow and bring together its two main AI research groups, called FAIR and GenAI, to accelerate the company's work, Zuckerberg detailed.

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He added that he believes the company's vision for AI and the metaverse of virtual space are connected.

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"By the end of the decade, I think many people will frequently talk to AIs throughout the day wearing smart glasses like the ones we're building with Ray Ban Meta."

Meta's latest Ray Ban glasses are powered by artificial intelligence and allow users to make calls, send messages and record videos hands-free.

Zuckerberg's latest announcement is one of his biggest promises to redouble his commitment to artificial intelligence.

Big tech companies, including Microsoft, Google and Amazon, continue to share new AI tools and visions amid an intensified and renewed AI arms race.

However, some tech skeptics have shared concerns about those big companies and new players like OpenAI that could create unintended harm with these revolutionary products.

Earlier this year, Zuckerberg said Meta is creating a new "high-level product group" to "accelerate" the company's work on artificial intelligence tools.

Since then, Meta has released tools and information aimed at helping users understand how AI influences what they see in their apps.

Dipanjan Chatterjee, an analyst at Forrester Research, said the company's big shift toward AI isn't surprising given the industry's push to embrace this type of intelligence, but it's noteworthy considering Meta shifted not long ago to encompass his whole metaverse concept.

"That theme around 'every company is now a technology company' has evolved into 'every company is now an AI company,'" he said.

"It's clear that interest in the metaverse has soured considerably since the days when Facebook went Meta, so it's no surprise that the company has turned to AI to bring some of the lost shine back to the brand."

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