Meta Completes Its Own Supercomputer for AI Research

Facebook has put many of its eggs in the AI basket hoping it would help them with moderating all the posts on its social media platform. Now Meta, the Facebook parent company, is building its first supercomputer.

Meta has announced its new AI Research SuperCluster—a supercomputer meant to be used for research projects in the field of AI. The supercomputer has been in the works for two years. Meta hopes it will help them develop more powerful AI which could be useful in the difficult task of recognizing hate speech or other posts that go against their community standards.

Meta said that the RSC will help quickly train multi-modal AI that can understand context in a post, like language, tone and images, analyze this data and make or suggest a moderation decision.

Supercomputers employ many computer processors that are all connected inside what are commonly referred to as “nodes.” Supercomputers have been an essential part of much of the world’s AI research. The U.S. Department of Energy has its own supercomputer, Summit, which is the fastest in the U.S. and the second fastest in the world. Microsoft and Nvidia are two other well-known companies who keep and use their own custom supercomputer.

 

Facebook Changes Corporate Name and Logo

Facebook is changing its company name to “Meta” as it shifts its sights to focus on the so-called “metaverse.” This also comes on the heels of yet more intense scrutiny of the real-world harms that come from its various platforms after a whistleblower released hundreds of damaging internal documents.

Facebook, the app, is basically being “demoted” by the change, and will sit equally among the company’s other apps like Instagram and WhatsApp. This rebranding is clearly in response to a number of public relations explosions on its platforms such as revelations about the negative effects of the products have on some users’ (especially children), the spreading of misinformation on its platforms and the failure to moderate inappropriate content.

The press release from Facebook/Meta stated they will begin trading under the stock ticker MVRS on December 1.

The company has also iniated a logo change and already replaced their corporate sign. Outside their California headquarters their once ubiquitous thumbs-up sign as been replaced with a blue infinity symbol.

The company announced no executive changes. Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook page now lists his job as “Founder and CEO at Meta.”

The Verge asked Zuckerberg thought he’d still be the CEO at Facebook/Meta in the next five years. He replied “Probably. I don’t have a specific date how long I want to be doing this for. I guess what I could say is I’m very excited about the next chapter of what we’re doing.”