Snapchat’s artificial intelligence chatbot My AI is rolling out to all users globally, so now you can be sure there’ll always be someone around to reply to your snaps.
My AI was initially an exclusive feature for Snapchat+ subscribers when the AI launched earlier this year. The tool runs on OpenAI’s GPT technology, but rather than generate essays, it is designed to respond like a person messaging a friend. Now My AI will be made available to all Snapchat users, regardless of if they’re subscribed or not.
Announced today during the Snap Partner Summit, My AI’s global rollout also introduces several new features. These include the ability to add My AI to group conversations, ask it to recommend places to visit or Lenses to use, or send it a Snap and receive a reply in chat.
Users will also be able to name their AI and customise a Bitmoji avatar for it, basically building themselves a virtual companion. My AI will have a sparkle next to its name when in group conversations to help distinguish it from real humans, so you shouldn’t have to worry about anyone mistakenly believing they’ve made a new friend.
While My AI is no longer restricted solely to Snapchat+, paying subscribers will get an interesting additional feature to make up for it. Though My AI’s responses to Snaps will initially be text, Snapchat intends to eventually implement Snap responses in the form of AI-generated images for Snapchat+ subscribers. For example, sending My AI a Snap of a pumpkin may prompt it to respond with an image of pumpkin soup.
However, this doesn’t mean sending My AI a nude will compel it to respond with its own nudes made with infamously questionable AI-generated anatomy. Aside from being programmed to adhere to Snapchat’s Community Guidelines(opens in a new tab), which prohibit pornography and nudity in sexual contexts, My AI will also take into account a user’s birthday to keep its responses age-appropriate.
Of course, that probably won’t stop a few hopeful and horny Snapchat+ subscribers from trying to test these limits.