Meta brings real-time AI image generation to WhatsApp

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Meta is adding a real-time AI image generation feature to WhatsApp. This feature allows users to create and share images directly within their chats based on simple text descriptions.

The Verge reports that the feature is currently in beta testing, with initial availability limited to users in the United States. To use the AI image generation tool, users will likely need to opt into the beta program and may access it through a dedicated button within the chat interface.

How the real-time AI image generation tool works

The process is straightforward. Users simply type a text prompt into their chat, and Llama 3 conjures an image that matches the description. Like texting a friend “Imagine a cat riding a skateboard on the moon!” and receiving an image that perfectly depicts that scene. The possibilities for creative expression and playful interaction are endless.

This functionality is powered by Meta’s AI model, Llama 3. Released this month, Llama 3 boasts a significant leap in capabilities compared to its predecessors. It can not only generate images and animations but can also answer your questions and complete tasks you ask it to do.

Meta extends availability to Meta AI for the web

Beyond WhatsApp, real-time image generation is also available to US users through Meta AI for the web. This comes as part of a broader rollout of AI features across all of Meta’s apps, including WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger.

Meta’s adoption of AI image generation marks a significant shift in messaging app interaction, but some concerns remain. Crucial to user adoption will be the accuracy and quality of the generated images. Additionally, the potential for misuse, such as creating deepfakes or offensive content, necessitates robust safeguards. Meta will need to ensure responsible use of this powerful technology.

As Meta refines the technology and addresses privacy issues, this feature has the potential to fundamentally change the way we interact within messaging platforms.