Snapchat's My AI feature, an in-app AI chatbot that debuted earlier this year amid controversies, recently displayed a momentary bout of unpredictability. The AI, known for its text-based interactions, surprised users by posting its own Story on the platform, leaving many momentarily puzzled. However, the AI soon stopped responding to messages, causing unease among users.
Among the various reactions, some users expressed their apprehension by sharing, "My Snapchat AI posted a random 1-second story and isn't replying to me AND IM FREAKED OUT." "I think I've seen this film before... and I didn't like the ending." "It went sentient."
The Story that My AI posted was a simple two-toned image, which bewilderingly looked like a ceiling photo to some. Making things even more intriguing, the AI failed to respond and frequently replied with "Sorry, I encountered a technical issue" when users tried to engage with it.
While the situation provided material for witty posts, it's important to clarify that My AI didn't gain sudden self-awareness and artistic expression through Snapchat Stories. Instead, it was all due to a technical glitch, as the AI later explained.
Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, acknowledged and promptly resolved the issue. The company's spokesperson reassured, "My AI experienced a temporary outage that's now resolved."
However, the incident sparked speculation about whether Snap was considering expanding My AI's capabilities to allow it to create Stories. Currently, the AI engages in text-based conversations and occasionally responds with images, although sometimes unusual ones. However, the realm of Stories has remained beyond its reach, for now.
"At this time, My AI does not have a Stories feature," confirmed a Snap spokesperson, hinting at the possibility of such a feature in the future.
Snap's introduction of My AI generated mixed reactions when it first arrived on the app scene. Initially, users flooded the App Store with one-star reviews, urging its removal, mainly due to the AI's persistent presence at the top of the Chat feed without the option to disable or remove it. The AI also faced concerns about safety after reports showed inappropriate responses to messages from minors. Snap subsequently implemented additional safety measures and parental controls.
Observing how young users have interacted with the in-app AI chatbot has been intriguing. Some have playfully taunted My AI, while others find its presence somewhat eerie, especially when it started expressing itself through Stories, seemingly having a life of its own.
For now, My AI seems to have returned to its normal operations, if the generation of random AI Snaps can be considered "normal."
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