Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

Undeterred by its many detractors, Meta continues to be making an attempt to make the metaverse occur. This week, the corporate held its annual Join developer convention at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to announce a brand new combined actuality headset, the Meta Quest 3, in addition to new sensible glasses made by Ray-Ban that allow the wearer livestream movies and work together with an AI-powered voice chatbot. Meta additionally confirmed off an array of celebrity-infused AI chatbots that may mimic big-name people like Snoop Dogg and Kendall Jenner. You would be forgiven for pondering all this feels a bit of bit like an episode of Black Mirror.

This week on Gadget Lab, we discuss with WIRED senior AI author Khari Johnson concerning the combined actuality {hardware} Meta introduced this week, its voice-controlled sensible glasses, its bizarre new AI chatbots, and the place the corporate sits within the nice AI arms race.

Present Notes

Learn Khari’s story about Meta’s many AI chatbots. Learn Lauren’s story concerning the upcoming Meta Quest 3 headset and chatbot-enabled Ray-Ban Meta sensible glasses.


Khari recommends the brand new film The Creator. Lauren recommends the ‘90s film Sliding Doorways. Mike additionally recommends a ‘90s film, Dazed and Confused.

Khari Johnson might be discovered on social media @kharijohnson. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the principle hotline at @GadgetLab. The present is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Photo voltaic Keys.

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