Tech companies have been showcasing their AI advancements since OpenAI's ChatGPT became popular in the fall, leading to a race for dominance in the AI space. Meta has hinted at using generative AI in its products, which creates new content rather than just categorizing data, although it hasn't released a product yet.
Meta has developed a tool that creates surreal videos and another that generates illustrations for children's books from text prompts. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated that integrating such generative AI "creative aids" into Meta's apps is a priority for this year.
SAM's technology is already used by Meta internally for activities such as photo tagging, content moderation, and post recommendation for Facebook and Instagram users. The release of SAM will make this type of technology more widely available.
The SAM model and dataset will be available for download under a non-commercial license, and users uploading images to the accompanying prototype must agree to only use it for research purposes.