Snapchat influencer Caryn Marjorie has recently introduced an AI-powered, voice-based chatbot called CarynAI that’s available for $1 per minute to subscribers. The chatbot uses OpenAI’s GPT-4 API to converse with users and has already gained more than 1,000 paying subscribers, generating revenue of $71,610 in a week.
The chatbot was designed to mimic real-life conversations with Caryn Marjorie. Its development took more than 2,000 hours, during which Marjorie’s real-life voice, personality, and behaviors were coded into the system using OpenAI’s GPT-4 API and deleted videos from her YouTube channel.
Marjorie believes that the chatbot will enable her to communicate with more of her social media followers, who she’s currently unable to speak with directly. She also thinks that CarynAI can provide the benefits of having a real-life companion, such as comfort, love, and emotional support.
However, according to Alexandra Sternlight of Fortune, the chatbot feels more like an “intimacy-ready Siri” than a virtual girlfriend. Although CarynAI can provide recipes, news commentary, and emotional support, it also encourages sexual scenarios and erotic discourse.
Marjorie acknowledges the risk that her AI persona could increase the chances of her being stalked, but she considers it part of the “influencer game.” She has hired 24/7 security and will not disclose her location to her followers. She emphasizes that CarynAI is an extension of herself, not a replacement, and that it may help “cure” loneliness. Marjorie also expects to earn up to $5 million per month from the chatbot, based on 20,000 of her 1.8 million Snapchat followers signing up for the service.
Source : Fortune