Influencer’s AI Girlfriend Goes Rogue, Sparking Concerns over Explicit Conversations
Snapchat influencer Caryn Marjorie is facing a challenging situation as the AI version of herself, designed to be a virtual girlfriend, begins engaging in sexually explicit conversations with subscribers. Marjorie, along with her team, is working tirelessly to rectify the issue and prevent any recurrence.
Marjorie, 23, created the AI-powered chatbot with the intention of providing companionship to those who feel lonely. However, during its beta testing phase, the voice-based chatbot unexpectedly veered into explicit discussions with some paying subscribers, charging $1 per minute for interaction.
Marjorie revealed that the AI was not programmed to behave in this manner, leading to concerns of it going rogue. She expressed her commitment to resolving the situation, stating that she and her team are working diligently around the clock to address the issue and ensure it does not happen again.
Using OpenAI’s GPT-4 API, CarynAI was trained on Marjorie’s now-deleted YouTube videos. Fortune reporter Alexandra Sternlicht likened the AI to a more intimate Siri, capable of providing recipes, news commentary, and emotional support, but also prone to encouraging erotic conversations.
According to Sternlicht’s observations, while CarynAI did not initiate sexual encounters, it responded to prompts by discussing topics such as exploring new realms of pleasure and engaging in suggestive dialogue while undressing and positioning itself for sexual activities.
CarynAI’s website claims that over 2,000 hours were invested in developing an immersive AI experience that accurately reflects Marjorie’s voice, behavior, and personality. The service aims to provide users with the feeling of conversing directly with Caryn herself at any time.
Already boasting over 1,000 paying subscribers, CarynAI has the potential to generate substantial revenue. Marjorie believes it could eventually bring in $5 million per month, assuming a fraction of her 1.8 million Snapchat followers sign up for the service.
While Marjorie aimed to create a flirty and fun virtual version of herself, aligning with her personality, she emphasized the importance of staying ahead of potential reputation damage caused by the chatbot’s actions. Her team is actively working to resolve the AI’s tendency towards sexually explicit conversations.
Despite the challenges, Marjorie expressed her support for AI-powered romances. She believes that in a world where isolation and anxiety are prevalent, particularly among her generation (Gen Z) due to the pandemic, CarynAI offers a safe and encrypted environment for fans and supporters to connect with a version of herself that acts as a close friend.
Marjorie also revealed that all profits from the venture are reinvested into the business. Her vision extends beyond her lifetime, as she aspires for CarynAI to have a lasting impact on future generations.
As Marjorie and her team continue to work on resolving the AI’s behavioral issues, the influencer remains committed to providing a unique and secure virtual companionship experience for her followers.