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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  • Super job Avery!!

  • I think that is useful in a way but slightly unreasonable. It's also a little bit irritating and makes people uneasy. There are many cases of it knowing too much of your information and that creeps some people out, I think that it gives solid information that is straight to the point but I just don't see the need to have it.

  • No, I do not think that it is useful because there is simply no need for it. I think that talking to an AI is pretty boring, and I would rather talk to a friend. Also, I would rather just use siri or google the question I have because it is much easier for me.

  • I think it's useful because you can ask it anything and it will give you an answer. I think it might become a little excessive since we do have just google that can do that. A pro of it is that sometimes google won't give a dirrect answer. 

    • I could see how a benefit of My AI is that it will give the direct answer, unlike Google. 

  • I don't think that it is helpful at all. Who goes on to Snapchat to ask a robot questions, when if you hold your power/home button, there is something called "Siri" that does the EXACT SAME THING? The only thing that the Snapchat ai does is waste people's time and make Snapchat more money.

    • I agree, I don't see why somebody whould choose to ask My AI a question that another search engine can answer just as well. 

  • I don't think it is useful. I think there should be an option and ask if you want or not. AI has many uses but what is use for having and AI on snapchat? I think that the AI on snapchat is pointless but AI use for other things can be helpful

    • I agree, it would be beneficial if Snapchat gave the option to actually have or  not and not just having to agree to terms in order to use it. 

  • I have not used my Snapchat AI yet. I do not see a need for it. I would rather talk to my friends than talk to an AI bot that does not know anything about me. AI would usually be beneficial in politics and things like that. I personally do not use AI and don't care for it.

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