Is Snapchat My AI useful?


             In the last week, Snapchat has added a new chatbot feature that is available to all users. Initially, this chatbot feature was only available to those who are subscribed to Snapchat Plus and came out a couple of months ago. The chatbot, officially called “My AI” by Snapchat, appears in Snapchat users chat feeds and is available to chat or answer questions 24/7 after agreeing to the terms and conditions. My AI is powered by the latest version of ChatGPT and is very similar to ChatGPT with the way it works. Although, My AI does have more filtered responses than Chat GPT, and will not answer any inappropriate questions or engage in any inappropriate conversations. 


            One of the main concerns with this new feature is that My AI may make cheating on schoolwork easier and more accessible to students. It would also be harder for schools to manage as My AI is a part of Snapchat and not its own program. However, Snapchat would argue that My AI was designed to be more of a persona than an answer machine. Although, My AI does still have the ability to generate answers or any writing as long as it has the proper instructions to do so. 


             Why did Snapchat add My AI? Snapchat describes their new AI technology as a “friendly chatbot” that was created to answer users, “burning trivia questions, offer advice on the perfect gift for your BFF’s birthday, help plan a hiking trip for a long weekend, or suggest what to make for dinner.” Snapchat has stated that “just like real friends”, the responses from the chatbot will become more relevant, the more interactions there are. Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s CEO, predicts that in the future speaking to AI will just become a normal thing in day-to-day life. “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 stated. “And this is something we’re well positioned to do as a messaging service.” 


             In my opinion, I do not see much of a point in having My AI on my phone, and I will probably get rid of it soon. I think it is strange how Snapchat has tried to design it to be  basically like another friend and coded it to respond like a real person. It is also weird how it supposedly will develop its own persona overtime based on what has been said to it. 


Do you think My AI is useful? If so, what would you use it for?


How do you feel about Artificial Intelligence progressing in the future and becoming more prominent in day-to-day life?,stored%20in%20the%20app's%20database.

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    • I agree, I don't care about talking to a robot and don't see much of a need for it. 

  • I dont think my AI is useful becasue I don't use it and its not like you are talking to anyone. I dont know why anyone would use it. I have never used it. I think AI is going to become a part of everyones  life at some point if we want it or not.

    • I agree, AI will become more prominent in the future in at least some capacity.  

  • I have used snapchat AI to just play around with it and try to make it say stuff that isn't in the coding but I have never used it for an actual help but I can see how it can be a friend for people going through something hard and being useful to talk to. I've already seen everywhere on tiktok that people just like vibing with the AI bot and I tried just having a conversation with it when I'm bored and it isn't that bad.

    • I agree, I think it can be kind of entertaining to talk to and see what you can make it say, but I don't ever see myself using it for actual help. 

  • I think that my AI is useful because it is basically used as a search engine, but I am not really sure what I would use it for because I'd rather use google. AI progression scares me a little bit because It might take control and we could have an apacolypse of some sort.

    • I think it is possible for it to be useful as a search engine since it is very similar to other search engines. But, I don't think it will be successful or very useful since My AI does not give anyone a reason why they should go to it instead of an already etremely popular search engine like Google.  

  • Yes I think that it is usful but at the same time I think that it is a little werid. It helps me get my homework done some night but still I think that you should be able to get rid of it. It's great when you have to get science study guides done other than that I don't use it that much. 

    • I agree, it does feel a little weird at times. 

  • I think most AI that you ask questions to are useless. They're just for fun purposes besides article writers like Chat GPT. Adding on, the AI in My AI is incredibly rudimentary and isn't useful, instead of something like Chat GPT. Most social media and chat websites starting to implement AI like this for seemingly no reason, like Skype.

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