Zuckerberg Charity Buys Meta AI Fueled Academic Search Engine To Empower Scientists

Performing any sort of research can be tedious, but when it's scientific research, that tedium can be brought to a new level. The reason is simple: there's a mind-boggling amount of information out there to comb through, and while much of it can be accessed by those who need it, the real challenge is actually finding it in the first place.

Enter "Meta", a scientific AI search engine that Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan just scooped up through their Chan Zuckerberg Initiative philanthropic organization.

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Meta isn't designed to just scour through a massive trove of information like standard fare SEO, hoping to deliver relevant information to those who need it. It goes much deeper than that. Meta will make notes of authors and citations, and interconnect them with their relevant matches. If you find a citation to another scientific report, for example, clicking on it could bring you straight to that report with ease (that's not to imply that all research found will be free even if the service is, however).

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We're not sure at this point exactly how Meta will sustain itself over the long-term, but the company's co-founder and CEO Sam Molyneux says, "Our intent is not to profit from Meta's data and capabilities. Instead, we aim to ensure they get to those who need them most."

If this sounds a little too good to be true, we can sympathize. But if you're a scientific researcher, this kind of service could prove to be a massive boon, as it will help scientists easier hone in on areas that deserve more attention. Meta could become a relative mecca for researchers, and it seems like a great choice for Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's first acquisition.