Technology. Facebook is twenty years old and has a new trend: artificial intelligence

Twenty years ago (February 4, 2004), a young programmer in need of affection named Mark Zuckerberg launched a website designed to evaluate the physiques of Harvard students. Today, he is one of the richest men in the world, dominates an empire of around 4 billion people and has just announced an extremely ambitious project: developing artificial general intelligence (AGI).

Beyond the fantasy of science fiction, is AGI even viable? This is the subject of debate. Mark Zuckerberg, for his part, already hopes to do better than with the last crazy idea he tried to launch into the world, the metaverse. The 39-year-old is heading towards the “singularity” – this hypothetical turning point from which technology becomes uncontrollable and irreversible – and it is yet another spectacular turning point in one of the most extraordinary trajectories in the history of technology.

Since its birth in February 2004, the company Facebook, now Meta, has oscillated from crisis to crisis. He bent the rules, violated laws, was accused of genocide and labeled a risk to public health, just like tobacco. And yet, its growth never stopped. In September 2023, all your apps including Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, it had 3.9 billion users per month.

From crisis to crisis

The long-standing threat of greater regulatory rigor has yet to materialize, largely thanks to lobbying on a scale and intensity rarely seen anywhere in the world. Legal actions follow one another at a rapid pace, without slowing down what remains one of the most formidable money-making machines in the history of capitalism.

Thus, during the first nine months of 2023, Meta recorded a net profit of 25 billion dollars for a turnover of 95 billion, two numbers increasing 39% and 12% respectively. (Since then, for the entire year, the group has announced $39 billion in net profit on a turnover of $135 billion.) At the end of January, the stock hit a new record on the stock exchange, at $394, and Meta thus surpassed the US$1 billion capitalization mark, entering the same category as Alphabet, Apple and Nvidia.

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