Our weekly recap: Meta is laying off many employees, but has also recently hired new ones. The Apple headset would go into production in small numbers starting in March.
Meta cuts jobs, but raw numbers paint a false picture
Declining revenue and platform growth, more competition and weakening advertising business: Meta’s business value has been plummeting for months. After much hesitation, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now reining in costs and laying off around 11,000 employees (13%). The XR Reality Labs division is also affected.
Meta stock reacted positively to this news. However, after the layoffs, Meta did not return to where it was until December 2021 – less than a year ago.
VR Sandbox Review
Our colleague Max visited the first sandbox VR arcade in the EU and tells us why he had fun there in a very different way than with home VR.
Apple headphones reportedly go into production in March
Vendor rumors suggest that Apple plans to mass-produce a tech headset starting in March. However, “mass” is a relative term considering Apple’s usual production volumes: according to reports, only one million XR headsets will roll off the production line.
This rather low number of units matches earlier rumors that Apple considers the first XR headset to be an experiment and development version – possibly comparable to the Quest Pro.
Why is a great AI language model able to solve simple math problems?
When scaling large AI models, they can develop so-called emergent capabilities. Language models, for example, then solve simple math problems instead of just lining up word after word. Researchers have now studied what the phenomenon of emerging abilities is.
Also in our AI magazine THE DECODER: Two researchers warn against AI systems improving based on their own feedback. And the “Draw Things” app brings the open-source AI Stable Diffusion image to the iPhone.