Snapchat recently launched My AI, a chatbot specifically customized for the instant messaging app.
Powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3 technology, My AI is currently exclusive to Snapchat+ subscribers, although the company’s CEO Steven Spiegel announced it might become available for all Snapchat users in the future.
Snapchat+ subscribers can access My AI from the top of the app’s chat tab. They can personalize the experience by customizing the name and background of this feature. My AI is designed to entertain users with casual, friendly conversations.
My AI can be used for birthday gift recommendations, recipes, trip planning, and even writing poems. Despite the innocuous description of this new feature, the company’s official statement
warns users to “not share any secrets with My AI and [do] not rely on it for advice.”
Snapchat’s press release also warns that “My AI is prone to hallucination and can be tricked into saying just about anything.” Although the tool “is designed to avoid biased, incorrect, harmful, or misleading information, mistakes may occur.” To send feedback, users can simply press and hold on any message from My AI.
Dangerous, nonsensical, and inaccurate chatbot conversations
flooded social media in the past few months, with OpenAI’s ChatGPT being the headlining offender. After users reported a number of negative experiences, Microsoft decided to limit the number of daily interactions for its ChatGPT-powered search engine, Bing. The company also imposed limitations on the topics Bing AI will discuss.
It’s still unclear whether Snapchat will take a similar route with My AI, but The Verge
reported that, unlike ChatGPT, My AI can’t write academic essays. However, the tool will reportedly provide links and resources related to drug abuse and mental health issues
in relevant conversations.
The ever-expanding AI bandwagon is about to get even more crowded. Google already has several chatbots in the works
, while Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced “AI Persona” integrations on WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.