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Monday, February 27, 2023

Snapchat Joins the Chatting Crowd

This means more interesting experimentation,  How should it be focused? 

Snapchat unveils AI chatbot powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT

BY KYT DOTSON  in SiliconAngle

Snap Inc. revealed today that the company plans to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon by adding a chatbot powered by OpenAI LLC’s ChatGPT named “My AI” to its multimedia instant messaging app Snapchat.

The company unveiled details about the new service in an announcement stating that users will be able to talk to the AI for recommendations about birthday gift ideas, event plans, dinner recipes and more.

However, it also warned that people shouldn’t use it for anything other than simple questions and that the AI can “hallucinate” or be tricked into saying strange things. That’s an acknowledgment that AI chatbots based on ChatGPT can behave strangely, as revealed by Microsoft Corp.’s new Bing AI-powered chatbot, which can go completely off the rails in conversations.

Even with these issues, Snap Chief Executive Evan Spiegel feels hopeful about the future of AI and told The Verge that he felt that adding it to the instant messaging app would be the next step in human and AI interactions.

“The big idea is that in addition to talking to our friends and family every day, we’re going to talk to AI every day,” he said. “And this is something we’re well-positioned to do as a messaging service.”

Once it’s launched, Snapchat users will find My AI in the app under its own tab, and it will look a lot like another user. Users can talk to it like another human being and converse with it by sending questions back and forth.  ... ' 

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