This AI allows you to chat with Elon Musk, Socrates or Mario

Have you always dreamed of chatting with Elon Musk, Batman, Socrates, Mario or Sigmund Freud… Especially Mario? Thanks to the artificial intelligence of Character.AI, this is now possible.

Last September, a website titled Staff.AI has been posted. The platform relies on an artificial intelligence capable of communicating with its users, somewhat similar to ChatGPT. However, Character.AI is very different from OpenAI’s chatbot.

This artificial intelligence is actually designed to impersonate real or fictional characters. Through the interface, you can choose to chat with different interlocutors, such as Elon Musk, Batman, Tony Stark, the philosopher Socrates, Mario, Reed Richards of the Fantastic 4, Joe Biden or Volodomir Zelensky. In short, there is something for everyone.

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A wide selection of simulations

The experience is quite fascinating. When we ask questions Elon Musk’s bot about the acquisition of Twitter and the layoffs, artificial intelligence gives answers that are very consistent with the ideas of the billionaire and his way of expressing himself.

A conversation with chatbot Elon Musk. © 01Net

In other cases, the results seem more random to us. While talking to a Tony Stark bot, we had a hard time picking out the Marvel character’s personality from the responses. Character.AI also offers interaction with simulations of major intellectuals in history, such as Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein or Karl Max.

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A conversation with Queen Elizabeth and Loki, a fictional Marvel character. © 01net.com

On the site, there is also more utilitarian chatbots. Some conversational agents offer, for example, learning a foreign language, helping with writing a novel or understanding mathematics. Some bots are also designed to offer psychological support, such as a psychologist or a personal development coach. Sometimes the answers are unfortunately a bit hollow.

To interact with a chatbot, simply select it via the site’s home page. Then start the conversation, and the bot will give an immediate response. Each answer is accompanied by a series of possible variations. Responses are displayed very quickly, making it possible to have a continuous conversation.

How to create your own smart chatbot?

The site also offers internet users create their own chatbot, in several steps. First, you will need to choose the name of your simulation and its avatar. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the site can automatically generate an image based on a request, with more or less convincing renderings.

The artificial intelligence behind Character.AI takes care respond in the manner of the chosen character, drawing from its database. The results could be improved, but overall the chatbot is not off the mark. To improve the experience, it is recommended to chat with the bot, select the appropriate answer and slip recommendations into it.

Endless possibilities… and some limitations

The Character.AI platform is developed by two former Google researchers, Daniel De Freitas and Noam Shazeer. The duo primarily worked on the Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) project. It is a series of language models intended to carry out human communication. Released in 2021, the LaMDA model is currently available through a closed beta program. This allows the AI ​​to improve by feeding off the testers’ answers.

Similarly, Character.AI is based on a neural model of language, which is only intended to simulate a human conversation. As the site’s FAQ explains, ” a supercomputer reads massive amounts of text and learns to think of words that might occur in a given situation “. Once trained, the AI ​​can mimic an infinite number of characters.

The creators of Character.AI warn Internet users: not everything that chatbots say is necessarily true. AI is designed to conduct a conversation in the most natural way possible, not to provide reliable information. In addition, simulations sometimes have possibilities lose the thread of a conversationand forget past exchanges.

Unsurprisingly, Character.AI is enriched by interaction with users. The more people interact with AI, the more compelling an experience it will provide. As a reminder, the platform is still in beta. Therefore, it is not surprising that malfunctions occur from time to time.

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