Snapchat launches its own AI chatbot – but warns it ‘can be tricked into saying just about ANYTHING’
Snapchat has jumped on the artificial intelligence (AI) bandwagon as it now rolls out an in-app version of ChatGPT.
Users can ask the chatbot, dubbed ‘My AI’, questions while messaging their friends to facilitate the conversation.
It can help them come up with dinner suggestions, send a personal poem to a loved one, or come up with a flirty icebreaker.
My AI uses the same technology as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, but is specially trained to meet the app’s security guidelines.
Snapchat has also revealed that it is still “prone to hallucinations and can be tricked into saying just about anything.”
Snapchat users can ask the chatbot, dubbed ‘My AI’, questions while messaging their friends to ease the conversation
My AI uses the same technology as OpenAI’s ChatGPT, but is specially trained to meet the app’s security guidelines
In AI, hallucinations are when the technology confidently responds to a question with incorrect information that it appears to have made up.
WHAT IS CHATGPT?
ChatGPT is a large language model trained on a massive amount of text data, allowing it to generate eerily human-like text in response to a given prompt
OpenAI says its ChatGPT model is trained using a machine learning technique called Reinforcement Learning from Human Feedback (RLHF).
This can simulate dialogue, answer follow-up questions, admit errors, challenge false premises, and reject inappropriate requests.
It responds to text prompts from users and can be asked to write essays, lyrics for songs, stories, marketing pitches, scripts, letters of complaint, and even poetry.
For example, Google’s rival chatbot Bard had a wrong question in a promotional video, wiping £100 billion off its parent company’s value.
The bot had been asked what to tell a nine-year-old about the James Webb Space Telescope and its discoveries.
In response, Bard defiantly announced that Webb was the first to take pictures of a planet outside Earth’s solar system.
However, astronomers were quick to point out that this was actually done in 2004 by the European Observatory’s Very Large Telescope.
Indeed, ChatGPT also appears capable of sending users insults, lies, and conversations questioning its capabilities.
A social media post showed it calling someone “a sociopath, a psychopath, a monster, a demon, a devil.”
While My AI is designed not to provide “biased, inaccurate, harmful, or misleading information,” Snapchat has admitted that “errors can occur.”
It’s currently only rolling out to Snapchat+ subscribers, who pay £3.99 a month for the latest app features.
A conversation with the AI - complete with Bitmoji – is pinned to the top of the Chat tab and can be switched during a conversation with another user.
In AI, hallucinations are when the technology responds confidently to a question with misinformation, which it appears to have made up. For example, Google’s rival chatbot Bard had the wrong question about the James Webb Space Telescope (pictured)
It has been found that ChatGPT (pictured) can send users insults, lies, and conversations questioning its capabilities. Snapchat has said its custom AI chatbot “My AI” is still “prone to hallucinations and can be tricked into saying just about anything”
Snapchat has said that My AI is an experimental feature and that user feedback will help improve it in the future, if and when it is rolled out more widely.
The company added: “All conversations with My AI are saved and can be reviewed to improve the product experience.
“Please don’t share secrets with My AI or rely on it for advice.”
While the disclaimer may seem redundant, a woman reportedly divorced her husband based on relationship advice ChatGPT gave her.
My AI is a modified version of ChatGPT that doesn’t provide comments that contain swearing, sexual references, or other inappropriate content.
This is especially important because Snapchat can be downloaded by children as young as 13 years old.
The company hopes the new feature will help “foster deeper connections between friends,” as well as become something that will draw “(its) community” to the app.
Speak against The edgeEvan Spiegel, Snap’s CEO, said, “The big idea is that we’re not just talking to our friends and family every day, but we’re going to talk to AI every day.
“This is something we as a messaging service are good at.”
Snapchat is by far the first company to capitalize on ChatGPT’s massive success, with greeting card vendor Moonpig considering integrating it into its online store.
Elon Musk is also rumored to be working on an “anti-woke” rival for the supposedly biased chatbot.
Will ChatGPT replace Google?
Gmail developer Paul Buchheit has predicted that “AI will eliminate the search engine results page” and cause “total disruption” for Google.
A New York Times report also said Google executives within the company issued a code red amid mounting pressure from ChatGPT.
A major way Google makes money is that advertisers pay to display their links next to the results of a search, in the hopes that a user will click on them.
The fluidity and coherence of the results now being generated has people in Silicon Valley wondering what the future of Google’s monopoly holds.
“The way I envision this happening is that the URL/search bar of the (Google) browser is replaced by AI that auto-completes my thought/question as I type it while providing the best answer (which is a link to a website or product),’ Buchheit said.
“The old search engine backend will be used by the AI to collect relevant information and links, which will then be summarized for the user,” Bucheit explains.
“It’s like asking a professional human researcher to do the job, except the AI immediately does what would take a human many minutes.”
While some think ChatGPT will replace Google, the AI has a different opinion.
As an AI language model, I don’t have the ability to take over any company or organization, including Google.
My goal is to help and provide useful answers to users who interact with me.
“Google is a multinational technology company with a strong market presence and a wide range of products and services, so it is highly unlikely that any single entity, including an AI language model like myself, could take over Google.
“Moreover, I believe that companies like Google and AI language models like myself can work together to provide even better solutions and services to users around the world.”