Snapchat’s My AI Chatbot Now Available to All Users Snapchat has announced that it is rolling out an updated version of My AI, its in-app chatbot powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, to all its users globally. My AI was previously only available to Snapchat+ subscribers. The new version of My AI comes with several new features, including the ability to recommend popular restaurants and activities on the Snap Map, suggest augmented reality lenses, and respond to photo and video snaps. Users can also assign a custom name and avatar to the AI persona in group chats. However, the AI-generated art feature will remain exclusive to Snapchat+.
Despite its limited rollout, My AI has been popular among Snapchat users, who exchange two million messages per day with the chatbot. However, its implementation by Snap has been criticized for inappropriate conversations and questionable advice given to researchers posing as teenagers. To address these concerns, Snap has incorporated additional moderation technology and trained the AI to consider the user’s age to prevent unsafe conversations. The company’s parental control feature, Family Center, will also allow parents to track how much time their teens spend chatting with My AI.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, who announced the global launch of My AI, has acknowledged that the AI is “prone to hallucination” and makes mistakes, but described it as “entertaining.” While he has suggested that conversing with AI will become a routine activity, he advised users not to rely on it for advice.