Snap has announced its own ChatGPT-style chatbot called ‘My AI,’ rolling out to paying subscribers and eventually everyone. This is billed as more a virtual friend, than all-powerful writing machine.
Being ahead of the curve isn’t necessarily always best. In the realm of tech, sitting back and learning from rival mistakes can sometimes be the better recipe for success.
With an eager eye on the commercial AI race unfolding between Microsoft and Alphabet (ChatGPT vs Bard), Snap is keen to avoid any costly blunders of its own as it forays into generative AI.
Amid the competition to create the best all-powerful writing machine, Snap is instead focused on something of a more recreational nature.
This week, the company announced ‘My AI,’ a new feature that provides users with a virtual friend constantly on standby when using the app. The novel idea, is that a chatbot button will be pinned above messages and a ‘fun and experimental sidekick’ can be summoned at any point.
Snapchat has announced My AI:
– available to Snapchat Plus subscribers
– basically a ChatGPT that does less
– powered by ChatGPT pic.twitter.com/SfelrAX3xy
— Pete (@nonmayorpete) February 27, 2023
In Snap’s early promotional material, someone asks My AI to write a haiku about their ‘cheese-obsessed friend,’ to which the bot responds: ‘Luka’s love for cheese, gouda, brie, and camembert, melts hearts, not just cheese.’ When you’ve finished holding your sides, we can move on.
The technology runs on OpenAI’s most sophisticated (and currently unreleased) version of ChatGPT, GPT-3.5. Unlike accessible demos of the language generator online, however, Snap authors have customised the software specifically for Snapchat.