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Facebook sees its future built on artificial intelligence

Sharon Gaudin | April 14, 2016
A.I. will know you better, serve up information and help you manage your life.

"I predict a world where notifications are always relevant," Beltzner said. "Today, a lot of people complain that their phone buzzes and they don't know if it's important enough to bother taking their phone out of their pocket. It will know the difference between a kid posting a picture of their pet compared to a friend you haven't seen in 10 years at a coffee shop down the road where you could meet him in 10 minutes."

He added that it won't be a matter of A.I., or even Facebook, collecting more information about users. Instead, the issue will be how to use the information better.

"The A.I. will know who you are and what's important to you," Beltzner said.

Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said as important as A.I. is to Facebook today, he's not surprised that it will become increasingly critical to run the social network.

"Given the great strides that A.I. is making, the Facebook of 2026 will probably be completely different than the Facebook of today," Olds said. "We'll probably have bots that handle just about every daily chore we have; bots that will plan our meals and order our groceries automatically, and just about anything else you can imagine. As the largest social network on the planet, Facebook will assumedly be a part of all of this, if not playing a prime role."


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