Modern technology has made many seemingly impossible things possible. It is also possible to chat (currently chatting) with historical characters and people who left the world years ago.
On a new website called Character AI, you can chat with almost any person (living or dead), real or fictional character. Be it Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare or even Elon Musk. Anyone you want to invoke or create conversations with is available.
The company and site, founded by two former Google researchers, Daniel de Freitas and Noam Shajir, have been developing a new type of chatbot for years. These chatbots cannot chat exactly like humans, but often seem like it.
In November last, a lab named Open AI also launched a bot named ChatGPT. Chatting with it also gave millions of people the feeling that they were actually chatting with a human being. Google, Meta and other big tech companies are working on similar Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.
These chatbots, masters of fabrication and falsification, often incorporate fallacies and falsifications as they learn their conversational skills from data posted by people on the internet. It may also include the use of hate speech, discrimination and indecent language. Falling into the wrong hands, they can also become a means of spreading misleading information and rumours.
Margaret Mitchell, a former AI researcher at Microsoft and Google, says, “Since there are no guidelines regarding these chatbots, they are becoming a means of spreading biased and toxic information already present on the Internet.” But companies like Character.AI believe that the public will understand the flaws of these chatbots and will not blindly trust what they say.
Currently, chatbots are just a means of entertaining conversations around the world. However, they are also increasingly becoming a powerful means of communicating with machines. Experts believe that in the future, the apprehensions of their flaws and losses will be removed. After this, the general public will also start recognizing the credibility or fake facts in their words.