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

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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, it is now possible.

Last September, a website titled Character.AI has been posted. The platform relies on an artificial intelligence capable of conversing with its users, a bit like ChatGPT. Nevertheless, Character.AI is very different from OpenAI’s chatbot.

This artificial intelligence was indeed designed to imitate real or fictional characters. Through the interface, you can choose to chat with various 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’s something for everyone.

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A wide selection of simulations

The experience is rather fascinating. When we ask the Elon Musk bot about the takeover of Twitter and the layoffs, artificial intelligence provides answers very much in line 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 conversing with 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 historical intellectuals, 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. Several conversational agents offer, for example, learning a foreign language, helping to write 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 get in touch with a chatbot, simply choose it through the site’s home page. Then initiate the conversation, and the bot will provide an instant response. Each answer is accompanied by a series of possible variations. The replies are displayed very quickly, which makes it possible to have a fluid conversation.

How to create your own smart chatbot?

The site also offers internet users create their own chatbot, in a few 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 then takes care of respond in the manner of the chosen character, drawing from its database. The results can be improved, but generally the chatbot is not off the mark. To improve the experience, it is recommended to chat with the bot, select the appropriate response and drop recommendations.

Endless possibilities… and some limits

The Character.AI platform was developed by two former Google researchers, Daniel De Freitas and Noam Shazeer. The duo mainly worked on the Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) project. It is a series of language models intended to be able to hold a conversation with a human being. Unveiled in 2021, the LaMDA model is currently available through a closed beta program. This allows the AI ​​to improve by feeding on the answers of the testers.

Similarly, Character.AI is based on a neural language model, only intended to simulate a conversation with humans. As the site’s FAQ explains, ” a supercomputer reads huge amounts of text and learns to imagine the words that could then occur in a specific situation “. Once trained, the AI ​​can imitate an infinite number of characters.

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

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

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