This restructuring comes as Facebook's parent company approaches the conclusion of its "year of efficiency."
The digital media behemoth Meta is said to have dissolved its artificial intelligence (AI) regulatory unit, which oversaw the company's development and implementation of AI projects.
According to a report, many team members from Meta's responsible AI division have moved on to roles in the company's generative AI product division, with some joining the AI infrastructure team.
The goal of Meta's generative AI team, which was founded in February, is to create products that mimic the corresponding human-made language and images. It happened at a time when tech companies all over the world were investing heavily in machine learning research and development to stay ahead of the AI curve. After the AI boom took off, Meta is one of the Big Tech companies that is having to catch up.
Top players in the space have made ensuring AI safety a priority, especially as regulators and other officials pay closer attention to the nascent technology's potential harms. Anthropic, Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI formed an industry group in July to establish safety standards as AI advances.
According to the report, team members from the responsible AI division have been redistributed within the company, but the company remains committed to supporting responsible AI development and use, emphasizing ongoing investment in this area.
Two AI-powered generative models were recently introduced by the company. Emu Video, for example, is based on Meta's previous Emu model and can generate video clips from text and image inputs. Emu Edit, the second model, is focused on image manipulation and promises greater precision in image editing.
Meta's decision to dissolve its Responsible AI Division comes at a critical juncture for the tech industry, where ethical considerations surrounding AI are under intense scrutiny. The move highlights the ongoing tension between technological innovation and the imperative to address the potential risks and harms associated with AI. As Meta navigates this restructuring, stakeholders will be closely watching to see how the company upholds its commitment to responsible AI practices and whether the integration of these responsibilities into other teams proves effective in maintaining ethical standards across its platforms.