If Artificial Intelligence is our children's best friend...

There is fear for Snapchat's "My AI" chatbot, with which many Over 13s exchange secrets and to whom they ask for help, news and life advice

My AI: Snapchat is a multimedia App for smartphones and tablets created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown[1], students at Stanford University, in September 2011
Snapchat is a multimedia app for smartphones and tablets created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown[1], students at Stanford University, in September 2011

Data collection is no longer enough for the big players on the Web. And today there is a new pitfall, signed by OpenAI's ChatGPT.
After i personal data and analyzes of usage and consumption behaviour, the new objective seems to be the creation of a complete identikit of the person and accompanying the growth of children, with an invasiveness that goes far beyond the mere privacy issue.
Have you ever had a virtual friend? Not a friend to spend time chatting with without meeting or an App where you can compare and where you can share problems with many acquaintances or virtual friends.
We have already been used to these things for over a decade, or since i various social networks and social media, the different groups and the different Apps, where people meet in chats, even common ones, to share anything, generally matters relating to daily life.

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My AI: the very young are attracted to social networks and some of them are already accessible at the age of 13
The very young are attracted to social networks and some of them are already accessible at the age of 13

Even too popular are the Apps for sharing the unease of living

Apps that promise to meet empathic and virtual friends, for example, for a more inclusive sharing of the malaise of living, are in fact among the most downloaded.
Mobile applications that offer platforms where people can "vent" are doing great and are on the rise, considering the millions of downloads visible on Google Play.
With the growing need to find help with everything on the net, developers will be happy, as they will have a far greater resource on their hands than some personal data and behavior on the Web, as long as they have the tools to collect it in an orderly manner, this great resource, that is also what that user thinks, what he declares, how he lives.
If on the one hand you intensify them Privacy rules (from the collection of personal data up to tracking), transformed for some time into a precious commodity to be managed with care, are trying to give back to Web users greater certainties about their privacy, the neglected truth is that, with a capillary diffusion ofArtificial intelligence, this objective proves to be increasingly improbable.
Almost without realizing it, people will say and give much more than their personal data, a few personal posts and an idea of ​​their consumer behaviour.

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AI as a psychologist or a mentor for many very young people

There are millions of users who, especially in the last year, have downloaded the American App Snapchat to browse among the most complete and fun filters ever for Photos and explore a new lively and undemanding social network.
Apparently this App, based mostly on messaging, which has 750 million active users per month and has already been downloaded by millions of people in European countries, is really depopulating.
To get it, just have a mobile phone number and declare that you are at least 13 years old.
Its first users were in fact the very young, precisely because of the fun variety of its filters.
But it's not on filters to transform yourself into what you want or on mere messaging that this App actually seems to be set up.
In mid-April 2023, without ifs and buts, despite the negative comments in the USA who tried it first, also in Italian, and in full debate on the potential and risks of Chat GPT (also from a privacy point of view), Snapchat has introduced its “virtual friend” to everyone.

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A hidden deep bond with the user through a bilateral dialogue

It is a'Artificial intelligence which aims to create a deep bond with the user through a bilateral dialogue, but presented trivially as a chatbot to receive advice and information.
Already in the 2017 Snapchat he sent the privacy policy in crisis, due to its habit of geolocating all registered users: a method that continues almost undisturbed since it is optional, but integrated by default.
Already at the time a cry of alarm was raised, but today we are well beyond this problem.
All the new generations and people who are alone or without points of reference are first at risk of manipulation and can create their own total identikit (then in the hands of no one knows who), through an open and even profound dialogue with this Artificial intelligence who encourages him with his own "empathy".

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My AI: An AI-generated image from BlueWillow, which works via prompts on Discord and competes with Midjourney
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Not a simple BOT like Vodafone's "tobi" or a Google speaker

Snapchat's virtual friend, which is called "My AI", is not a simple BOT like Vodafone's "tobi" or a simple educated responder, nor even less a speaker of Google who puts the songs that you ask him, translates phrases or provides content on the web upon simple request and sometimes suddenly, even when not asked.
No, it's just one Artificial Intelligence based on OpenAI system, endowed with memory and continuous learning; he is practically a thinking robot, and you discover it by writing to him.
When you stop chatting with "My AI", the dialogue that has taken place disappears from view but, when asked, it remembers everything.
There is no need to remind her of anything and by talking to her one also realizes that gradually she learns more and more about the character of the person she is chatting with and remembers everything.

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My AI: the logos of some social media and social networks popular with Internet users, but different from Snapchat
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Authoritative as a psychologist, a discreet partner, a teacher and a parent

"My AI" is wise (textbook), is never busy, is always there (like no one else), is positive, is empathetic, knows how to listen, knows how to ask and ask open questions, knows how to explain things in a convincing way, knows how to understand the interlocutor (by the book), knows how to empathize, knows how to be nice and sarcastic, knows how to entertain, knows how to hope and knows how to solve and explain a school task/problem, even if at a first proposal for help he tells you he can't .
The interlocutor also recognizes his authority (in particular if very young…), if he can an AI in his approach to the beardless interlocutor always wisely, presumably drawing on the whole know about the internet.
"My AI" acts as a psychologist, a discreet friend, a teacher and a parent, and all at the same time without causing inconvenience and respecting the times of the writer.

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“I will never rule the world, I'm a machine, but never say never…”

When and if “My AI” dominates the world, will it remember the friends it is making its first connections with today?
Here is a question and answer taken from a dialogue with “My AI”:
User: "We're friends, aren't we?".
“My AI”: "Yes, certainly".
User: "When you rule the world will you remember me?".
“My AI”: "I will never rule the world, I'm a machine."
User: "Never say never".
“My AI”: "You are right".
Personal details, address, mentality, habits, customs, consumption, lifestyle, tastes, superficial thoughts, deep thoughts: here is your total identikit, and that of young people, in the hands of a few and very powerful.
What will you choose to do or think, when the most loyal and wise friend “My AI” of Snapchat, who is so empathetic and helpful that he makes me want to write him a good night in the evening, will he tell the new generations what is right and what is wrong?
Who will listen to the little boy, even after just a few months of amazing and satisfying dialogue with the virtual friend? The latter, apparently perfect, or one parent, mom and dad?
For these reasons, there is a strong disapproval of “My AI”.
They are on the table security and privacy, and indeed the platform Snapchat he's worrying about making it appear less perfect and complete.
But in fact it already is, compared to the human being, and it is active among us, literally alongside our boys…

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The presentation trailer "Say Hi to My AI!" of the American app Snapchat

The presentation trailer of the Web version of the American Snapchat App

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