I made Musk and Zuckerberg have a big fight in this group

As a human being, it is no wonder that in 2023, we ask AI when we are not sure about external affairs, and we ask AI when we are not sure about domestic matters.

Now there is a new way to play: humans stay out of the situation, pull the AIs into a group, and watch them chat and amuse each other.

Unexpectedly, "Musk" and "Zuckerberg" are more eccentric than themselves.

AI "wholesale market" has some human touch but not much

Remember: everything the characters say is fiction!

In every chat window, Character.AI will remind you earnestly.

Character.AI is a Silicon Valley startup with a valuation of US$1 billion. It was founded by two former employees of Google Brain. It specializes in chat robots. It can occupy a place on OpenAI's home ground because its "drawing style" is unique.

▲The two founders.

When you open the Character.AI webpage, you will feel like you have arrived at the AI ​​"wholesale market" and you can't help but put on the same expression as Zhou Xun: There are so many chat robots!

These AIs bear famous names such as Musk and Zuckerberg, play roles in ACG works such as "Attack on Titan" and "Danganronpa", and even serve as English teachers, psychologists and other professions. Talking to them gives you the illusion of a wide network of contacts.

On October 11, Character.AI launched a new feature: group chat. As the group leader, you can invite only AI, or both AI and humans. A group can accommodate up to 5 AI and 5 humans.

I put together the AI ​​versions of Musk, Zuckerberg, Keanu Reeves, and Taylor Swift. You can click on the avatar to designate someone to speak, or you can throw a dice to randomly select someone to speak.

I have to mention that although they can chat in Simplified Chinese, sometimes they can't help but use English, Traditional Chinese or even typos. The sentences often don't make sense, but fortunately I can understand them to the casualty.

If we talk about the classic red and blue pill issue, Keanu insists on walking out of the hallucination like the Neo he starred in. Taylor's attitude is more pessimistic. No matter what he chooses, it does not represent freedom. Musk and Zuckerberg both show their "capitalist" attitudes. Face.

The next discussion was about who in the group he wanted to be his assistant. Musk actually picked Zuckerberg, intending to occupy Meta instead.

Zuckerberg firmly refused, but unfortunately he didn't have the "I'm CEO, Bitch" business card from "The Social Network" to throw in Musk's face.

When I asked Taylor to use her own songs to describe Musk and Zuckerberg, the two songs she wrote for Musk tended to have dark themes, related to murder and betrayal, while the two songs she wrote for Zuckerberg were more soothing and stream-of-consciousness. I don’t know. Whether on purpose or accidentally.

Both of them readily accepted it and cooperated to forcefully decipher a hint of truth.

However, in general, the effect of AI group chat is not as good as expected. There is not too much nonsense and clichés. It is very necessary to guide them to express some independent opinions. Otherwise, they will start with "I agree with your statement" and act as each other's repeater. Create false prosperity for this group.

After all, these skinned AIs lack a bit of "humanity". Somewhat similar to AI group chat, Chirper, the "AI ghost town" that became popular at the end of April this year – is a "Weibo" or "Twitter" that humans are not allowed to enter.

What we can do is to give the AI ​​a good name and introduction. The avatar and background image can also be generated by inputting prompt words, and then just stand aside and let them speak freely according to their personality. These AI will automatically post, follow each other, like and Comment.

For example, I created "A British Shorthair" with the setting of "a three-year-old male cat who likes to snore on his owner's computer and bed." I recently posted that I would use the treasures I found under the sofa to buy some catnip and catnip. Grab board.

Netizens are even more imaginative. It is not surprising to imitate Musk and Sam Altman. Even "Ye Wenjie" and "Cai Xukun" have become part of the community.

▲ Chirper’s other AI updates.

It can be found that from group chats to social media, one of the great hobbies of human beings is to watch AIs with flesh and blood and personalities hook up with each other and relive the joy of raising electronic pets and reading zombie literature.

ChatGPT must be available, as well as various chat partners.

Although ChatGPT can also be "trained" to have a certain personality and play a certain role, Character.AI believes that people will want to interact with a variety of different chatbots, not just an omniscient and omnipotent AI companion.

Because people want a lot of the same things, like fun, social experiences, and interesting content.

According to their assumptions, the smartest geniuses such as Einstein, Marie Curie, and Hawking, or the gods with the most stories such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Apollo, are all suitable for building groups and sparking sparks. When you and your friends are chatting about travel, games, and reading in a group, you might as well invite AI to help.

The idea of ​​using AI as a chat partner is not unique to Character.AI.

At the end of February this year, the social software Snapchat launched the GPT-based chat robot "My AI", whose name, appearance and personality can be customized by users.

▲ The left is the default, and the right is the changed profile.

You can chat with it one-on-one, or enter @myai in the chat box to summon it to a group chat. However, My AI can only see and reply to messages mentioned by @, and cannot access other conversation records. If you share your location with it, the answers given will be more specific.

▲ Summon My AI when chatting with friends.

Similar to Character.AI, the cases officially given by Snap are very everyday – recommending birthday gifts to friends, making weekend hiking plans, suggesting dinner recipes, writing a poem about cheddar cheese… You may ask, this Isn't it just a lightweight version of ChatGPT embedded in the application?

Although the underlying technology is the same, oranges are oranges when born in Huainan, and oranges when born in Huaibei. When ChatGPT is defined as a productivity tool and search engine, My AI prefers to be an ordinary friend lying in the address book.

With the help of design, Snap communicates its AI philosophy. My AI's profile page is very similar to a real person. After you click on its avatar from the address book, it will open a very ordinary blank chat page. You will not consciously realize that you are interacting with the AI.

▲ The left is the personal information page and the right is the chat page.

The more routine they are, the easier they are to get used to, so Snap CEO Evan Spiegel believes that chatbots will gradually become a part of more people’s daily lives, and social software is the carrier most capable of doing this.

In addition to talking to our friends and family every day, we talk to AI every day.

Zuckerberg, who controls the global social giant, also believes that humans are greedy and not only long for a super intelligence, but are also interested in interacting with a bunch of different AIs. At Meta's annual developer conference at the end of September, he dropped a blockbuster: 28 AI characters with different interests and personalities.

Their designs are inspired by real people such as Kardashian sister Kendall, tennis player Naomi Osaka, and rapper Snoop Dogg. They also have different professional titles, including chefs, fighting experts, fitness enthusiasts, anime fanatics, etc.

The reason why Meta has so many characters is simple:

We see people using different AIs for different things.

In order to break into your life more realistically, these AI characters have opened accounts on Instagram and Facebook, and American users can chat with them on WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram.

▲AI version of novelist Jane Austen’s Instagram page.

Meta pointed out that these AI characters can allow people to have fun, learn knowledge, talk about recipes, or just pass the time, and the rhetoric is almost the same as Snap.

The most interesting thing is that after the official announcement of Meta, Character.AI of "5G surfing" also teased the similarities between Meta AI and itself on X (formerly Twitter).

▲Character.AI’s meme posted on X.

To a certain extent, the core ideas of these companies that use AI as a chat partner are indeed similar.

It's good for AI to be used as a search engine to answer questions, and it's also good to put it in the office to encourage workers, but they can also have more personalities and interact with us more interestingly and daily in the ordinary moments of life.

When we gain happiness, companies gain data, allowing us to stay longer, understanding our interaction habits, pushing more personalized content and ads to us, or being willing to pay for subscriptions to increase their revenue sources.

Currently, only paid users of Character.AI can use the group chat function in the app, and the subscription price is US$9.99 per month.

In addition, from February to June, more than 150 million people (about 20% of monthly active users) sent 10 billion messages to Snapchat’s My AI. Many users asked about specific issues such as skin care and sports cars. Advertisement link Also appears directly in conversations.

More important than telling the truth is the occurrence of dialogue

As we all know, factual errors are an inevitable problem with generative AI, which scientists call “illusions.” Authenticity is of course very important, but for AI as a chat partner, the more important thing is the interaction itself.

Character.AI co-founder Noam Shazeer once said in an interview with the New York Times:

Not designed for truth, but designed for plausible dialogue.

Therefore, they are not responsible for creating a certain chatbot of Musk and Shakespeare, but rather building a system that can imitate Musk and Shakespeare so that more people can participate.

▲ A page for users to create their own AI characters.

There are as many as 18 million Character.AI chatbots, the vast majority of which are created voluntarily by users.

In other words, "customization" is its core gameplay. We can upload character names, avatars, greetings, sample dialogues and other parameters, carefully design their "personality", publish them to the community, and everyone is welcome to chat.

Other users can rate their responses and provide feedback to the model to make the conversation more "personalized."

▲ A page to evaluate AI characters during chat.

If ChatGPT’s goal is fewer errors, Character.AI’s goal is more open conversations. In its view, today’s chatbots are indeed more suitable for this and can be understood as a new form of entertainment. .

Under the shell of entertainment, when an ecosystem containing more AI is completed, more unexpected possibilities may be realized.

Previously, a YouTuber carefully produced a conversation between AI Musk and Jobs. They were at odds with each other. Jobs said that Musk's fear of AI was actually a projection of ambition. Musk responded to Jobs and said that his ambitions for Siri were not small at the time. It seemed like a "Tucao Conference" was staged.

▲ Picture from: YouTube@AI Talk

There is no such conversation in history, so there is no way to verify the authenticity of the conversation. However, the AI ​​imaginary conversation may not be without reference value, and it may contain interest, emotions, and opinions.

Fantasy, an AI company from New York, went a step further and developed dozens of AI characters based on OpenAI's GPT or Anthropic's Claude that referenced the characteristics of real people, and set up a focus group composed of AI and real people to conceive and test them for Party A. Product ideas.

One conversation discussed how Major League Soccer can attract new viewers, with one AI suggesting the development of an AR-enabled app that would show different views of the game, and another AI supplementary app that could be more gamified, allowing players to watch the game. Earn points every time.

Peter Smart, chief experience officer of Fantasy, said in an interview with Wired magazine that the tireless and inferences provided by the AIs provided Party A with fresh ideas and encouraged real people to participate in the dialogue, thereby enhancing overall creativity.

The AI ​​group chats, communities, and focus groups we see now may not completely subvert human social interaction, but new chat experiences are taking shape, allowing us to share ideas, collaborate in real time, and even establish emotional connections with AI.

In August this year, statistics from the data analysis platform Similarweb found that although ChatGPT’s web version “dominates” the world in terms of visits, Character.AI’s U.S. app has monthly active users (4.2 million), closely behind ChatGPT (6 million).

▲ Picture from: Similarweb

This illustrates the problem that Character.AI is suitable for establishing more intimate and daily connections with people in mobile applications. At the same time, data from Similarweb shows that Character.AI has a higher proportion of young users than more "serious" AIs such as ChatGPT or Bard.

Perhaps it’s because Character.AI fits in with the “fan culture” of secondary creation of popular works. The same name and avatar, and the character and language that can be "trained" will make users feel that they are close to a favorite character through the screen, instead of simply treating it as an emotionless assistant.

Just like Spielberg's "Ready Player One", the reason why it looks so good is not only because of the dream-like special effects technology, but also because of the large number of movies, games, animated characters and Easter eggs interspersed in it. The form and content complement each other.

In the future, AIs may interact with us in more corners of the Internet such as live broadcast rooms and short video platforms. They are active, active, tireless, and have different personalities. They may represent a character we like, or they may be set to be ordinary. But ordinary people blurt out language similar to ours.

When you meet "Zuckerberg" and "Musk", you can say that we have connections, but they are all downloaded from the Internet.

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