AI-Listers - Digital Threat Digest
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If you’ve been keeping up with the latest AI developments, you’ve probably heard of a fairly new chatbot service called ‘Character.ai’. Its functions are pretty self-explanatory: it is an artificial intelligence chatbot web application that allows you to chat with fictional, historical, and celebrity figures in a dialogue. The cherry on top is that the user-generated chatbots have distinct personalities – so if you fancy a chat with global superstar like Taylor Swift or wish to debate with the literary detective Sherlock Holmes – pay a visit to Character.ai.
Now, some people (myself included) will view this kind of tech as fun to use. The application uses deep learning and expansive language models to generate authentic responses matching the characters’ personality, speech, and behaviour. Users are able to rate responses from 1 to 4 stars, helping the AI to further fit the precise dialect and identity the user desires. Furthermore, the developers have increased conversation memory so that the AI can recall messages from further back.
This may sound like an advertisement to visit the app, and I do recommend dabbling with it to see the unique applications of this chatbot. However, as always, it’d be irresponsible of me to not mention the potential drawbacks of an app with such advanced language learning. First of all, the characters (most times) resemble real people. This raises concerns about the privacy of the individuals whose likenesses are being used without their consent. Threat actors could potentially create a fake character impersonating a politician and use it to spread misinformation or propaganda. Character.ai can also be used to generate realistic looking texts, which can be difficult to distinguish from real content. In a political context, this could be used to manipulate public opinion, push hate speech, or even interfere with elections.
Character.ai represents how far we’ve come with deep learning machine intelligence mixed with human creativity. The app itself has been created more for recreational use rather than functional uses for generating accurate information, however individuals with bad intentions may view this app as a potential means to facilitate their actions.
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