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‘My AI’: Snapchat’s New Online Best Friend For Teens?



'My AI': Snapchat's New Online Best Friend For Teens?

(CTN News) – The new My AI chatbot feature introduced by Snapchat is the talk of the social media world at the moment.

My AI avatar is powered by the viral artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT, which allows it to reply to your chats and pictures in a way that sounds exactly like a friend would talk to you.

In case you’re wondering, you can’t remove the feature from your chat feed at all unless you’re willing to pay the $3.99 per month Snapchat+ subscription fee. As part of the feature, Snapchat has put in place ethical guardrails, according to the company.

Nevertheless, as the Dean of Business and Information Technology at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, Chris Royse points out, these technologies are moving faster, being developed faster than the ethics or philosophy behind them can keep up with.

We’re really kind of building these very quickly and then we find ourselves looking back and saying, ‘Oh, how did that go wrong?’. So let’s go ahead and put in some guardrails, shall we?”.”

As Royse points out, parents may want to take this opportunity now to establish guidelines for young teenagers when it comes to using the app.

Especially with young people, I think it’s very important to have the conversation about the fact that that’s not a human being. Context is not understood by the program.

As it is using Snapchat information that has already been collected in the world, it could have some implicit bias that perhaps it does not intend to have.

“The system doesn’t know how to avoid hurting your feelings with some of the things that it may be responding with.”

Despite the fact that he says it’s wise to remind young users that their chats might disappear, this virtual friend has a very good memory and will remember everything about them.

“Once you get into a conversation with Snapchat AI, there is a tendency to let your guard down a bit. Whenever you’re talking to a robot, you need to keep in mind that it doesn’t have any malice behind it, but it may nonetheless be able to use the information in a negative way for its own purposes that you didn’t intend.”

There is no doubt that artificial intelligence integrations like these will continue to evolve, whether you like the new feature or not.

“It’s a brilliant idea, but we’ll have to get used to the fact that we’re going to have to learn to live with it.”


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